Mardi Gras Time in New Orleans
As Mardi Gras nears in New Orleans, the people start decorating their houses as much as people decorate their houses at Christmas. There are a gazillion strands of beads draped over fences, railings, lampposts, anywhere they can be draped. There are flags, masks, drapes, wreaths. Purple, gold, green - those are the colors you see throughout the town.
The holiday of Mardi Gras is celebrated in Southern Louisiana but originated in Mobile, Alabama. Celebrations are concentrated for about two weeks before and through Shrove Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. Usually there is one major parade each day (weather permitting); many days have several large parades. The largest and most elaborate parades take place the last five days of the Mardi Gras season. In the final week, many events occur throughout New Orleans and surrounding communities, including parades and balls (some of them masquerade balls).
The parades in New Orleans are organized by social clubs known as krewes; most follow the same parade schedule and route each year. (quoted from Wikipedia)
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