The springtime celebration known as Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) is more than just the crowded street parties with colorful beads and loud music most people are familiar with. Mardi Gras is a lavish celebration with rich history.
- Mardi Gras always falls 47 days before Easter. It's a celebration of life and good living before the austerity of Lent begins.
- The Mardi Gras tradition of masks provided the wearers to mingle with one another, escaping the elitism and class distinctions imposed by society by obscuring identities.
- The official Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold were chosen in 1872 by Rex, King of Carnival in New Orleans. Each color has meaning: purple stands for justice, green for faith and gold for power.
- If you cannot make it to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, make plans to attend the biggest party with the best weather: Mardi Gras at Universal Studios Orlando.