2014-03-03 14:23:23 - Live streaming New Orleans at Mardi Gras 2014, parade route, TV coverage, Bourbon street webcam stream French Quarter, online webcast feeds. Parade times and schedule.
There are many Mardi Gras events and parades around the world each Fat Tuesday, but the event in the French Quarter or New Orleans is porbably the one that is most synonymous with the occasion.
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Event history and background:
The New Orleans Carnival season, a variation of the traditional manner of preparing for the start of the Catholic season of Lent, starts after Twelfth Night, on Epiphany (January 6). It is a season of parades, balls (some of them masquerade balls), and king cake parties. It has traditionally been part of the winter social season; which at one time was when parties for Southern Society women, débutante balls, were arranged.
concentrated for about two weeks before and through Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras in French), the day before Ash Wednesday. Usually there is one major parade each day (weather permitting); many days have several large parades. The largest and most elaborate parades take place the last five days of the season. In the final week of Carnival, many events large and small occur throughout New Orleans and surrounding communities. Neighboring communities also hold Carnival celebrations.
The parades in New Orleans are organized by Carnival krewes. Krewe float riders toss throws to the crowds; the most common throws are strings of colorful plastic beads, doubloons (aluminum or wooden dollar-sized coins usually impressed with a krewe logo), decorated plastic throw cups, and small inexpensive toys. Major krewes follow the same parade schedule and route each year.
"Mardi Gras" specifically refers to the Tuesday before lent, the highlight of the season. The term is also redundantly used less specifically the whole Carnival season, sometimes as "the Mardi Gras season". The term "Fat Tuesday" or "Mardi Gras Day", also redundant, always refers only to that specific day.