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Mardi Gras parades are a tradition, especially in the deep south, he said.

One of the biggest celebrations will be in New Orleans in Louisiana, and people come from miles away to party on the streets.

The celebration dates back centuries to pagan celebrations of fertility and the season of spring.

More than 70 Mardi Gras themed floats will travel to the Briscoe King Pavilion, featuring a host of colorful characters in some of the best costumes you'll see this side of New Orleans. It marks the beginning of the religious 40-day season of Lent, which is a time of fasting where meat and meat-products are traditionally forbidden on the dinner table.

They landed at a point near current-day New Orleans on 2 March and on realising it was the eve of the day of celebration back in France, made a decision to name the place Pointe du Mardi Gras. This tradition includes the confession of sins. This is particularly true in France, where the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday became known as "Fat Tuesday" - or in French, "Mardi Gras", of course.

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Even though Mardi Gras is here, the women at the Downtown Soup Kitchen Hope Center baking program will still be happy to bake you one, Christensen said. Pancakes were popular items during this time because they are made from eggs, fats and milk.

"I like the food and I like all the people that come in here and work here", customer Charley Roeder says.

"Its like taking the Gras from Mardi, nah you can't do that, there's no way, nah the beads make the parade". Some call it Shrove Tuesday, which grew out of an English term (Shrovetide) meaning the last day before the liturgical period called Lent. My plan is to crank all the New Orleans jazz I have on record, cook up some barbecue shrimp, and polish off this king cake from Whole Foods (it's surprisingly good and, yes, I've already broken into it). French soldiers feasted and wore masks as part of Mardi Gras festivities in 1703 in the newly founded city of Mobile in present-day Alabama. The city of New Orleans is not involved in coordinating Mardi Gras parades; its only involvement is to issue parade permits.

Mardi Gras is a legal holiday in Louisiana.

The Krewe of Okeanos, led by king Marc Vennart, followed by his wife, Joan Vennart, celebrate before leaving for New Orleans Mardi Gras at Lola's in Summerlin on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. These krewes also toss beads to revelers.

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