Mardi Gras, New Orleans, Louisiana

Mardi Gras Celebrations In New Orleans, Louisiana

King of Zulu at the Mardi Gras festivities in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1936.

Historians have trace the origin of Mardi Gras, which was originally referred to as Carnival and as “Boeuf Gras”, to medieval Europe. The festival expanded from Venice, Rome in the 17th and 18th centuries to France. Afterwards, the “Boeuf Gras” celebrations expanded to the “New France” colonies in North America, with the first celebration being at the Fort Louis de la Mobile in the present area of Mobile, Alabama, in 1703.

“Boeuf Gras,” celebration did not begin in the French settlement of New Orleans until the 1730s.

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