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Experience the thrill of the Mardi Gras carnival as seen only in New Orleans, the fascinating waterfront in enchanting Florida and the pathos of the homeless in Greater St. Louis in this fascinating video. The origins of Mardi Gras or "Fat Tuesday" can be traced to medieval Europe. Long before Mardi Gras was introduction to America, ancient Romans were celebrating Lupercalia, a circus like festival not entirely unlike the Mardi Gras we are familiar with today. When Rome embraced Christianity, Christian leaders thought it better to retain some of the pagan festivals instead of abolishing them completely. Thus, Mardi Gras was slated as a carnival time that preceded the penance of Lent, and justifiably labeled as a Christian festival.

It was the French explorer Iberville who brought Mardi Gras to America in 1699. Thus, Mardi Gras came to New Orleans through its French heritage in the same year. Throughout the years, the city of New Orleans added to the celebration by establishing krewes (organizations) which host parades and balls. The Carnival quickly became an exciting holiday for both children and adults.

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