The French term for Fat Tuesday's is Mardi Gras. It is a colorful celebration held the day before Ash Wednesday. The carnival season begins on January 6th, the twelfth night following Christmas.
Carnival Season is known for weeks of parades, extravagant private balls and street revelry that culminates on Mari Gras day.
The royal Mardi Gras colors were selected in 1872 for the first Rex Parade. Purple stands for justice, green for faith, and gold for power.
Laissez les bon temps roulle!