New Orleans Mardi Gras
So, where did Mardi Gras start? According to Mardi Gras New Orleans, the celebration began in Medieval Europe, before moving through Rome and Venice. It ended up at the French House of the Bourbons, before ultimately being carried to New Orleans in 1699 when the French-Canadian explorer Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur de Bienville landed some 60-miles south of what’s now the city in present day. He named the plot of land “Pointe du Mardi Gras,” as it was the eve of Mardi Gras. The holiday was officially celebrated in the US for the first time in 1703, and when New Orleans was established in 1718, the party was moved to the city.
Mardi Gras is a time of enjoyment and fun. If you do go to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, make sure to take lots of pictures and post them on Social Media for your family and friends.