Can’t make it to New Orleans this year? Plan your own celebration with these Mardi Gras recipes and decorating ideas http://www.mardigrasday.com/food-recipes/
“Fat Tuesday” is March 4 this year. However, festivities begin Februrary 14 in NOLA. So there’s still lots of time to plan a visit and join in the party atmostphere. http://www.neworleansonline.com/neworleans/mardigras/
Also known as Carnival, Mardi Gras is celebrated in various ways around the world, but eating a lot of food is a common theme. In the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox traditions, Mardi Gras is considered the last day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.