Happy Mardi Gras! A celebration over 180 years in the making, Mardi Gras has become one of the largest annual events in New Orleans with an estimated 1.4 million visitors and $840 million in annual revenue for the city.
A few facts about the annual celebration:
Mardi Gras (in French) or Fat Tuesday is today, Tuesday, February 13th.
Mardi Gras Day is the last day of Carnival, a celebration popular among the Roman Catholics.
The first Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans was in 1837. The first parade floats started appearing in 1857.
The colors of Mardi Gras are purple (justice) gold, (power), and green (faith).
Mardi Gras is a state holiday in Alabama, Florida, and eight parishes in Louisiana.