French Terms Related to Mardi Gras

Celebrate Mardi Gras in French

Masks for Mardi Gras
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Mardi Gras is an annual celebration called le mardi gras (literally, "fat Tuesday") or le carnaval in French.

Les dates de mardi gras ~ Mardi Gras dates

Mardi Gras takes place 46 days before Easter (le Pâques) - that is, sometime between 3 February and 9 March. 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)

More: Colors in French

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   trinket

un bal masqué   costume ball

un bijou   jewel

le capitaine   captain

un char   float

un collier   necklace

un costume   costume

le courir   Mardi gras run

une couronne   crown

un défilé   parade

un déguisement   disguise

un doublon   doubloon

une effigie   effigy

un feu de joie   bonfire

un flambeau   torch

la foule   crowd

un krewe   krewe (Mardi gras organizer)

un mardi gras   a person who really gets into celebrating Mardi gras

le masque   mask (make a Mardi gras mask)

une paillette   sequin

une perle   bead

la plume   feather

la reine   queen

le roi   king

French 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.

Mardi gras dans le monde ~ Mardi Gras around the world

Here are just a few places where you can celebrate Mardi Gras:
   * Mardi Gras in Germany
   * Mardi Gras in Greece
   * Mardi Gras in Italy
   * Mardi Gras in Sydney, Australia
   * Mardi Gras in Galveston, Texas
   * Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana
   * Mardi Gras in Orlando, Florida
   * Mardi Gras in Phoenix, Arizona
   * Mardi Gras in St. Louis, Missouri