Fun Facts about Mardi Gras
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Mardi Madness1 of 11
By Paige Brettingen & Shannan Rouss
If your view of Mardi Gras has been primarily informed by the "Girls Gone Wild" bead-starved masses, then you've come to the right place. Find out what the annual New Orleans tradition is really all about with a little help from Bing.
Last Hurrah2 of 11
Marking the final celebration before the observance of Lent (read more), Mardi Gras was customarily the day when revelers feasted on meat, dairy and eggs.
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Making It Official3 of 11
Doubling Up4 of 11
Believe it or not, there's also a day called Lundi Gras (apparently Mardi Gras just isn't enough).
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In a Flash5 of 11
Despite the "tradition" of flashing for beads, the act is actually illegal in New Orleans.
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Not So Green6 of 11
Though recycling bins are stationed throughout New Orleans to collect Mardi Gras beads, the majority unfortunately end up in landfills.
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Just Desserts8 of 11
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Color Coordinated9 of 11
The Mardi Gras colors happen to be the same as Louisiana State University's, and not by accident. Apparently, LSU took note that shops were already well stocked with the color palette.
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Krewe Clues10 of 11
Mardi Gras has been hosted by "krewes" ever since the first parade was held.
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Celeb Sightings11 of 11
A celebrity grand marshal rides the largest float of the parade each year. Last year, this famous singer rode aboard a 356-foot float (see photos), which measured about 20 yards longer than a football field.
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