New Orleans, Louisiana USA
Mardi Gras is what the French call Fat Tuesday. (Gras means fat and Mardi means Tuesday.) In New Orleans, a city in Louisiana USA, Mardi Gras is a holiday. The official colours of Mardi Gras are purple, green, and gold. Purple stands for justice, green for faith, and gold for power.
Marching bands play jazz music in the streets and people celebrate by having parties, attending parades and wearing costumes and masks.
They eat King Cake which is decorated with purple, green, and gold sugar. It also has a toy baby hidden inside it. The person who gets the baby is the King or Queen and they have to buy the next King Cake or give the next Mardi Gras party.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro has the longest Carnival celebration in the world. People wear colorful, elaborate costumes, and they dance to samba music which is a symbol of Brazil.
Carnival festivals are also celebrated in Venice. Because Lent is a somber time, Mardi Gras is a last chance for people to have fun and feast.