- Mardi Gras, French for Fat Tuesday, is also known as Shrove Tuesday.
Mardi Gras Day is the last day of Carnival season.
Carnivals include balls, parties and parades with floats and costumed dancers.
The colors of Mardi Gras are purple (justice), gold (power) and green (faith).
Social clubs called “Krewes” organize the parades, and host balls and parties.
Beads and coins called doubloons are thrown from the floats to the spectators.
Mardi Gras is a state holiday in Alabama, Florida and eight parishes in Louisiana.
Mobile, Alabama, was the first place in the United States to celebrate Mardi Gras, and now holds one of the largest celebrations after New Orleans.