Two sides of New Orleans Mardi Gras: Naughty Flashing for Beads, Deadly Shooting and Beginning of Christian Lent (PHOTOS)

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New Orleans celebrates the Mardi Gras with its unique traditions you’ll never see somewhere else.

Keep on reading to know more and see amazing photos of Mardi Gras .

What is Mardi Gras?

Mardi Gras is French for “Fat Tuesday,” also known as Shrove Tuesday.

It is the day before Ash Wednesday, which marks the start of Christian Lent season leading up to Easter. In other words, it is the celebration of the last day of eating richer foods before the leaner days of Lent begin.

This year it is celebrated on Feb. 13.

Where is Mardi Gras celebrated?

Despite the fest came from Europe, Americans also celebrate the holiday, especially in New Orleans, where it is the conclusion of weeks of parades that begin in January. Other Southern cities, especially with French heritage, such as Mobile, Ala., also mark Mardi Gras.

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Why is the name Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday?

The name is believed to have come from the practice of eating richer, fatty foods prior to fasting during the Lenten season.

Official colors

The holiday has its own official colors of the Carnival season they are gold, purple and green. Gold for power, purple for justice and green for faith.

How to celebrate?

That’s the funniest part.

The celebration dates back centuries to pagan celebrations of fertility and the season of spring.

The season of floats, parades and, to put it mildly, partying (read debauchery) leading up to Mardi Gras is called Carnival.

The Mardi gras is also famous for its “naughty” behavior as many drunk people gathering in one place and celebrate as much as they can before the Lent begins.

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And one licentious “tradition” proves it.

You see, during Mardi Gras there is a so-called tradition that’s called Beads For Boobs.

Flashing for beads on Bourbon Street started long ago in the 1880s when the coconuts were a great treasure, as they are hard to get. That is also true for the beautiful beads that many throws. So it became common during the fest when people get drunk and immoral to ask women to show their breast for beads.

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As people who live in the area say: “Mardi Gras in New Orleans after dark can be a scary place for a woman — especially if she’s alone.”

Deadly Carnival

Sometimes such drunk parties end sadly as it happened this year.

New Orleans police reported about a shooting, and as a result, a man has died along the Mardi Gras parade route. That brings shooting deaths Tuesday in New Orleans to three, with five other people wounded.

See most colorful photos from the fest:

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mardi gras costumes

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