New Orleans is a wonderful place where the destructive force of hurricanes can be compared only with the love of the locals for holidays. Interesting street festivals are held in the city every single week. A special place in a series of national holidays belongs to the Mardi Gras festival. The name Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday". The festival is religiously rooted and celebrated on the last Tuesday before the start of the Catholic Lent.
Mardi Gras has been celebrated in many European and American cities. But no one does it better than New Orleans. The last few years Mardi Gras’s holiday program lasts a few days and in the so-called "Fat Tuesday" the general hilarity is at its pitch. For over two hundred years solemn processions remain the major tradition of the festival. There are dozens of parades in New Orleans and the surrounding area and each procession is attractive in its own way. The Bacchus Parade is the most colourful and noisy one and the Mardi Gras Indian Show is considered to be one of the most sophisticated and refined.
Bourbon Street and the historic French Quarter are the heart of Mardi Gras festivities. You can fun and relax day and night here. During the festival you can see musical performances and art exhibitions in the streets of New Orleans. Street actors with a rich makeup and original costumes are the main feature of the holiday. Mardi Gras in New Orleans is a great street party focused on people with different interests and deprived of official events. Next - Diwali
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