In honor of the upcoming Liberty National Convention in New Orleans, we’re sharing some Mardi Gras history. This year Mardi Gras is March 4, so the party’s just around the corner! Do you have your king cake yet?

Historical Holiday

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler Liberty National!‘Mardi Gras’ is French for Fat Tuesday, the all day celebration of Carnival season in New Orleans. Mardi Gras is traditionally held Ash Wednesday, the day before the fasting season of Lent begins. It’s said the first Mardi Gras occurred in America in 1699, after French explorers celebrated their landing in New Orleans. They named the location of their party Point du Mardi Gras. In the years that followed, New Orleans observed the anniversary with parties, street parades, and all kinds of celebration*.

Liberty National Party in New Orleans

Today’s festivities draw crowds from all over the world to Bourbon Street and the French Quarter. Carnivals are complete with parties, parades with floats, costumed dancers, and more. The official colors of Mardi Gras are purple, gold, and green, which can be seen all over everything from parade floats to the city’s lavish decorations.

While you won’t be in New Orleans for Mardi Gras during #LNLConvention2014, you can still enjoy the magic of party season on a Mardi Gras tour, by visiting Mardi Gras museums, or by going behind the scenes to see how the awesome floats are made.

Did you know Louisiana is the only state that Mardi Gras is considered a legal holiday, and more than 750,000 king cakes are consumed in the New Orleans area annually during Carnival season**? What Mardi Gras trivia do you know? Do you take part in the holiday?

*http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/mardi-gras, 2014

**http://www.neworleansonline.com/neworleans/mardigras/mgdictionary.html, 2014