Mardi Gras

Posted on: 02.17.2015 in interact

Fat Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday, the start of the Lenten season for some Christians around the world. It began in Europe and famous Carnival celebrations take place in France, Venice and Brazil each year. Since Lent is a period of sacrifice, the idea is to indulge on the day before you have to start fasting or giving up luxuries.

New Orleans hosts the largest celebration in the United States each year (though the first one was actually held in Mobile, Ala. in 1703). The season is marked by balls and parades put together by krewes, all culminating on Mardi Gras day when the Zulu and Rex parades roll down St. Charles Avenue.

In 2013, Shelby Holliday, then still reporting for Channel One, got to travel to New Orleans and see how Mardi Gras is celebrated. Shelby took some fascinating photos — check out the slideshow below.

Mardi Gras World!
Mardi Gras World!

Mardi Gras World!

The largest beaded mural in the world.
The largest beaded mural in the world.

The largest beaded mural in the world.

Dragons!
Dragons!

Dragons!

A longer view.
A longer view.

A longer view.

A flamingo'ed streetcar (and Evan).
A flamingo'ed streetcar (and Evan).

A flamingo'ed streetcar (and Evan).

A close up of a float.
A close up of a float.

A close up of a float.

Floats lined up.
Floats lined up.

Floats lined up.

Masks.
Masks.

Masks.

The mouth of the Leviathan!
The mouth of the Leviathan!

The mouth of the Leviathan!

Gorilla glasses.
Gorilla glasses.

Gorilla glasses.

A hat detail.
A hat detail.

A hat detail.

Jesters!
Jesters!

Jesters!

Rosie the Riveter.
Rosie the Riveter.

Rosie the Riveter.

Good soldiers.
Good soldiers.

Good soldiers.

Some Super Bowl love.
Some Super Bowl love.

Some Super Bowl love.

Ray Lewis.
Ray Lewis.

Ray Lewis.

Bacchus rolled on Saturday night.
Bacchus rolled on Saturday night.

Bacchus rolled on Saturday night.

The theme was seven seas.
The theme was seven seas.

The theme was seven seas.

If to New Orleans you go, to go see the Mardi Gras you ought.
If to New Orleans you go, to go see the Mardi Gras you ought.

If to New Orleans you go, to go see the Mardi Gras you ought.

comments

  1. Ali Dyke

    Already have practically perfect attendance

  2. Ali Dyke

    I already have practically perfect attendance!!!!!

  3. Sidney Woods

    Wow This is a special event I am very thankful that i get to go there every year. Thank you Channel One for showing this. Shoutout to St. Monica Freshman Class of 2018

  4. corey butler

    party hard till it stops

  5. wardcara

    mardi gras are awesome. I went to one a while ago. I t was bright!

  6. Hannah45677

    If schools were to use class 120 I would not skip school because my education is important and parent’s spend way too much money on our school education to be wasted by skipping

  7. Hannah45677

    If school’s were to use class 120 to track students I would not skip because my education is important and parent’s spend way too much money for us to be wasting by skipping.

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