Languages › French French Terms Related to Mardi Gras How to Celebrate Mardi Gras in French Share Flipboard Email Print Thinkstock / Stockbyte / Getty Images French Vocabulary Pronunciation & Conversation Grammar Resources For Teachers By Laura K. Lawless Updated August 17, 2019 Mardi Gras is an annual celebration called le mardi gras (literally, "Fat Tuesday") or le carnaval in French. It is celebrated all around the world. Les Dates de Mardi Gras (Mardi Gras Dates) Mardi Gras takes place 46 days before Easter (le Pâques) — that is, sometime between February 3 and March 9. Mardi Gras is the day before Lent (le carême), which begins on Ash Wednesday (le mercredi des Cendres). The most famous Mardi Gras celebration is held in New Orleans (la Nouvelle-Orléans), but many cities in Europe and the Americas also put on spectacular events. Les Couleurs de Mardi Gras (Mardi Gras Colors) Mardi Gras has three official colors:le violet purple (justice)l'or gold (power)le vert green (faith) Les Traditions de Mardi Gras (Mardi Gras Traditions) Mardi Gras is traditionally celebrated with a parade led by a captain, during which trinkets, or "throws," are tossed to the crowd. The parade is followed by a costume ball presided over by a king and queen. Le Vocabulaire de Mardi Gras (Mardi Gras Vocabulary) une babiole trinketun bal masqué costume ballun bijou jewelle capitaine captainun char floatun collier necklaceun costume costumele courir Mardi gras runune couronne crownun défilé paradeun déguisement disguiseun doublon doubloonune effigie effigyun feu de joie bonfireun flambeau torchla foule crowdun krewe krewe (Mardi gras organizer)un mardi gras a person who really gets into celebrating Mardi grasle masque mask (make a Mardi gras mask)une paillette sequinune perle beadla plume featherla reine queenle roi kingFrench expressions with mardi gras Le Slogan de Mardi Gras (Mardi Gras Slogan) Mardi Gras' slogan is "Let the good times roll," which is translated literally into French as "Laissez les bons temps rouler".