It’s the last day of Mardi Gras! February 28, also known as Fat Tuesday, is the final day of Carnival celebrations. So, what’s the history behind Fat Tuesday and what’s going on in New Orleans? The answers you need are right here!
1. Why is it called Fat Tuesday?
Fat Tuesday is another name for Mardi Gras. Fat Tuesday is the English translation of the French term “Mardi Gras.” This year, the celebration falls on Feb. 28, one day before Ash Wednesday. The celebration was originally dubbed Fat Tuesday because Christians would feast on food in their house on the last day before Ash Wednesday, which is the start of the 40 days of Lent leading up to Easter Sunday.
2. What does Fat Tuesday mean?
Fat Tuesday is the last day of the Carnival season, which started on Jan. 6. Most people celebrating Mardi Gras arrive the weekend before Fat Tuesday to partake in the exciting festivities in New Orleans.
3. What happens on the last day of Fast Tuesday?
The main celebration happens in New Orleans, the home of Mardi Gras. Multiple parades will take place on Fat Tuesday, including the Krewe of Zulu, Krewe of Rex, Krewe of Elks New Orleans, and Krewe of Crescent City.
4. A lot of pancakes are usually eaten on Fat Tuesday.
The last day before Ash Wednesday is also known as Shrove Tuesday, which is traditionally celebrated with a pancake dinner. Why pancakes? It’s an old tradition to use up all your butter and sugar before Lent starts.
5. What happens when Fat Tuesday is over?
In New Orleans, when the clock strikes midnight, police on horseback clear the partiers on Bourbon Street to officially mark the end of Carnival season. Next year, Fat Tuesday will be on February 13.
HollywoodLifers, are you celebrating the last day of Mardi Gras? Let us know!