Today is Mardi Gras, otherwise known as Fat Tuesday! Each year, people around the world gather for the events of the Carnival celebration. Often characterized by large parades, elaborate costumes and masks, and beads, Mardi Gras marks the final celebration before the fasting season of Lent.
The biggest Mardi Gras celebration in the U.S. happens in New Orleans, LA, where the celebrations occur for two weeks leading up to today, Fat Tuesday. In New Orleans, there is usually one major parade each day (weather permitting), and many days have several large parades. Other events include balls, including masquerade balls, and parties.
Aside from New Orleans, other cities that have notable Mardi Gras celebrations include: Rio de Janeiro; Barranquilla, Colombia; George Town, Cayman Islands; Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; Quebec City, Quebec, Canada; and Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico.
So, to celebrate Mardi Gras, we've compiled 10 of our favorite Mardi Gras songs!
"Carnival Time" by Al Johnson
"Casanova" by Rebirth Brass Band
"Mardi Gras Mambo" by The Hawketts
"Hey Pocky A-Way" by The Meters
"Go To The Mardi Gras" by Professor Longhair
"Do Whatcha Wanna, Pt. 3" by Rebirth Brass Band
"Jock-A-Mo" by Sugar Boy and his Cane Cutters
"Street Parade" by Earl King
"Big Chief" by Professor Longhair
"My Feet Can't Fail Me Now" by The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
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