It's Time for Carnival - February 28, 2017!

Mardi Gras “Fat Tuesday” can occur on any Tuesday from February 3 through March 9. The fluctuating date was established by the Catholic Church which designed the Gregorian calendar with moveable dates for Easter. Mardi Gras is always scheduled 46 days preceding Easter (the 40 days of Lent, plus 6 Sundays).

In 1872 Rex, the King of Carnival, selected the colors of Mardi Gras & the 1892 Rex Parade themed “Symbolism of Colors” made them official: PURPLE represents JUSTICE, GREEN stands for FAITH, GOLD signifies POWER.

Mardi Gras for the Next 5 Years:

  • 2018 — February 13
  • 2019 — March 5
  • 2020 — February 25
  • 2021 — February 16
  • 2022 — March 1

Mardi Gras Lingo:

  • CARNIVAL — loosely translated from Latin meaning “farewell to the flesh”; the season of merriment in New Orleans begins on January 6, the Twelfth Night (the feast of the Epiphany), and ends at midnight on Fat Tuesday
  • DOUBLOONS — aluminum coin-like objects bearing the krewe’s insignia on one side and the parade’s theme on the reverse.
  • FLAMBEAU — (plural) Naptha-fueled torches, traditionally carried by white robed black men. In the past century, flambeau provided the only source of night time parade illumination.
  • KING CAKE — an oval, sugared pastry that contains a plastic doll hidden inside. The person who finds the doll or “gets the baby” is crowned “king” and buys the next cake or throws the next party. The king cake season opens on King’s Day, January 6. More than 750,000 king cakes are consumed in the metro New Orleans area during Carnival season.