Mardi Gras is an annual Carnival celebration in New Orleans, a season of parades, balls (some of them masquerade balls), and king cake parties.
Celebrations are concentrated for about two weeks before and through Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras in French), the day before Ash Wednesday. Usually there is one major parade each day (weather permitting); many days have several large parades. The largest and most elaborate parades take place the last five days of the season. In the final week of Carnival, many events large and small occur throughout New Orleans and surrounding communities.
While many tourists center their Carnival season activities on Bourbon Street and the French Quarter, none of the major Carnival parades have entered the French Quarter since 1972 because of its narrow streets and overhead obstructions. Instead, major parades originate in the Uptown and Mid-City districts and follow a route along St. Charles Avenue and Canal Street, on the upriver side of the French Quarter.
The Uptown and Mid-City parade routes are family-friendly gatherings for people of all ages to enjoy the parades.
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