Paul Simon once asked "Take Me To The Mardi Gras
," in reference to the famous New Orleans Mardi Gras festival. It was a top 10 hit in the UK but was less successful in the US. Here are some more Mardi Gras fun facts from The Encyclopedia of Trivia
Mardi Gras refers to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany (Three King's Day) and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday.
Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday", reflecting the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season.
The first Mardi Gras parade held in New Orleans is recorded to have taken place in 1837. The tradition in New Orleans expanded to the point that it became synonymous with the city in popular perception, and embraced by residents of New Orleans beyond those of French or Catholic heritage.
About 1.4 million people attend Mardi Gras in New Orleans every year, but the population for the rest of the year is just over 384,000.
Popular hotels in New Orleans put grease on balcony support poles during Mardi Gras so drunks can't climb in.