Did You Know? Countdown to Mardi Gras 2009 (02/19)

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Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore About Mardi Gras

February 19 : 05 days till Mardi Gras

Did you know that historians debate when and where the first U.S. Mardi Gras celebrations took place? Some say it happened in the late 17th century, just south of New Orleans, introduced by a French explorer named Sieur d’Iberville. Others argue that the first Mardi Gras was celebrated by French soldiers back in 1703, in the city of Mobile, Alabama. (Don’t tell the people of New Orleans that, though!)

While Mardi Gras is celebrated throughout the southern US, it is most often identified with New Orleans, where it is celebrated with masquerade balls, King Cakes, and parades.

We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fun fact each day as we countdown to February 24th! So stop by again tomorrow or for those with no patience you can visit our Mardi Gras celebration for our list of Did You Know? Mardi Gras facts.



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