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To see more photos and videos of Mardi Gras celebrations across Louisiana, visit the Lafayette Square and Lee Circle location pages and explore the #mardigras2014 hashtag.

Laissez les bons temps rouler, it’s Mardi Gras!

For Catholics, tomorrow is the beginning of Lent, a six-week period of fasting and prayer. Around the world, this period of quiet piety and reflection is ushered in by massive colorful parades and celebrations called Carnival—except in Louisiana, where it goes by the name Mardi Gras.

Translated from French as “Fat Tuesday,” Mardi Gras festivities have actually been in full swing for weeks. The season is marked by festive costumes, king cake and elaborate parades across New Orleans and nearby cities.


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Instagramming Mardi Gras from the Big Easy

Next week, Catholics the world over will recognize Ash Wednesday, the first day of a six-week-long period of fasting and prayer known as Lent. Around the world, the period before Lent is called Carnival and is marked by massive celebrations and parades. But in Louisiana, it’s called Mardi Gras.

While the culmination of Mardi Gras season occurs on Fat Tuesday—the day immediately before Ash Wednesday—the parades and festivities actually begin several weeks beforehand. Throughout New Orleans and Louisiana, “Krewes" (a variation on "crews") with names like Orpheus, Zulu, Bacchus and Thoth hold parades and toss beads to revelers camped out along the streets.

To tune in from afar over the next five days, follow @NolaMardiGras, browse the #MardiGras hashtag, or watch the Times-Picayune's ParadeCam. For tonight’s parades, check out #KreweofHermes, #KrewedEtat and #KreweofMorpheus.