Cities Around the World Celebrated Mardi Gras

What Is Mardi Gras Exactly?
According to History.com, Mardi Gras’s roots date back from thousand years ago when pagans celebrated fertility and the commencement of spring. When Christianity was introduced in the Roman Empire, leaders decided to make Carnival part of their religious traditions. As a result, Mardi Gras became the last festivity prior to the 40-day Lent season during which Christians fast and pray in view of Easter. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, represents the last feast occurring the day before the first day of Lent which always falls on a Wednesday (Ash Wednesday). 

Mardi Gras Around the World
Originally celebrated in countries with significant catholic populations, Mardi Gras has become a very popular phenomenon during which people take the party to the streets with the most colorful costumes and extraordinary rides. Let’s take a closer look at some of the biggest and most famous carnivals, their unique flavors and their traditions.

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Famous for its Samba dancers and their bright costumes, Rio’s Carnival last 4 days and usually welcomes over 2 million persons each day.  


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Dating back from 1268, the Carnival de Venizia is certainly the most traditional of them all. Lasting over 10 days, thousands of people gather during public and private events wearing masks and traditional gowns and costumes. 



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This Louisiana tradition started when the French settlers arrived in North America in the 17th century and helped found the city. Nowadays, thousands of partygoers take over the French Quarter for over a week.


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One of the oldest Carnivals in the world, the Carnival of Nice takes place along the French Riviera and welcomes over one million tourists every year. In addition to a traditional parade, the crowd can enjoy different types of parades such as the Flower or the Light Parade. 


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Quebec City has a very unique way of celebrating Mardi Gras. Instead of celebrating the commencement of spring, Canadians rejoice the winter season by hosting snow-themed events and activities. Visitors can enjoy snow slides, ice castles, ice sculptures and skating.

Sources: 
http://www.quebecregion.com/en/what-to-do/activities-attractions/ideas/quebec-winter-carnival/
https://blog.rev.com/articles/culture/top-5-carnival-parties-around-the-world/
http://www.nicecarnaval.com/en/carnaval/galerie-photo-corso-carnavalesque-2014.php
http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/mardi-gras
Posted: 3/10/2017 11:46:03 AM