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When is Mardi Gras?

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New Orleans Mardi Gras - Photo:  Courtesy of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau Photo: Courtesy of the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau
Question: When is Mardi Gras?
Answer:

Mardi Gras, one of the most popular celebrations in the Southeast U.S., is always on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Also knows as Fat Tuesday, which is the English translation for the French words, Mardi Gras, or Shrove Tuesday, the date for Mardi Gras changes each year:

Mardi Gras Dates:

  • 2014 - Tuesday, March 4
  • 2015 - Tuesday, February 17
  • 2016 - Tuesday, February 9
  • 2017 - Tuesday, February 28
  • 2018 - Tuesday, February 13
  • 2019 - Tuesday, March 5
  • 2020 - Tuesday, February 25
  • 2021 - Tuesday, February 16
  • 2022 - Tuesday, March 1
  • 2023 - Tuesday, February 21
  • 2024 - Tuesday, February 13
  • 2025 - Tuesday, March 4
If you are planning a visit to the Southeast U.S. to celebrate Mardi Gras, it is important to make your reservations as far ahead of time as possible. Also, remember that many Mardi Gras parades and events take place during the weeks leading up to Mardi Gras. The days and weeks before Mardi Gras are known as the Carnival Season.

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