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Q: Why does Mardi Gras fall on different dates each year?
A: The date of Mardi Gras changes every year because it's connected to Easter, which can fall on any Sunday between March 23 and April 25. Mardi Gras is scheduled to be 47 days before Easter.
Q: What is the weather usually like during Mardi Gras? What should I pack?
The weather during Mardi Gras varies from very cold to very warm, almost hot. Since you will be spending long days outside, pack comfortable shoes and clothes that can get somewhat dirty. It’s also a good idea to layer your clothes since a chilly morning may turn into a warm afternoon. Of course, if the weather predicts rain, make sure you don’t forget your raincoat!
The weekend before Fat Tuesday is the prime time to visit New Orleans for Mardi Gras. This is the weekend when Bacchus and Endymion, two of the biggest parades of the season, roll down the streets of New Orleans. The streets are packed all day Saturday and Sunday with parade watchers. If you can stay longer than a weekend, Monday (Lundi Gras) and Fat Tuesday are also great days to experience Mardi Gras. Orpheus, another big parade, rolls on Monday night, and the Zulu Lundi Gras festival goes on all day. On Fat Tuesday, walking around the French Quarter and seeing all of the costumes and masks is a unique and thrilling experience.