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Holiday: Mardi Gras

These sites are about New Orleans’s Mardi Gras festival. View a live shot of Bourbon Street or browse the many photographs showing the costumes and floats. Learn about the history of the parades and other fun facts.


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This site offers the history and facts about Mardi Gras. Click on the yellow text link "Fun Facts" near the top for more information.
Images of floats from the Krewe of Bacchus Mardi Gras parade.
Blaine Kern's studio party room features his famous floats and decor. Use the tools to navigate around the room. NOTE: This is a commercial site with an online store.
This site explains the traditional Mardi Gras ceremony.
This site explains the celebration of Mardi Gras. NOTE: The site includes ads.
See a live view of Bourbon Street in New Orleans. NOTE: Teachers should be aware that this is a live shot.
Here are two pages of photographs showing the Mardi Gras celebration.
This student-created site has fun facts and a game section.
Here are some pictures of Mardi Gras floats, costumes, and food.
Here is a short article about the history of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. NOTE: The reading level is for older students.
Read this interview with three scholars about the significance of the New Orleans Mardi Gras' Zulu Parade. NOTE: The reading level is for older students.
Watch this video about the first Mardi Gras in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

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