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Mardi gras or fats Tuesday, refers to activities of the carnival party, starting on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany (three kings day) and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday (called Shrove Tuesday). Mardi Gras is French for “fat Tuesday”, reflecting the practice of the closing night time of consuming richer, fatty meals before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season. Associated popular practices are related to Shrovetide celebrations before the fasting and spiritual responsibilities associated with the penitential season of Lent. In international locations which
While not observed nationally throughout the United States, a number of traditionally ethnic French cities and regions in the country have notable celebrations. Mardi Gras arrived in North America as a French Catholic tradition with the Le Moyne brothers,]Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville and Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, in the late 17th century, when King Louis XIV sent the pair to defend France’s claim on the territory of Louisiane, which included what are now the U.S. states of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and part of eastern Texas.