When Is Mardi Gras?

Find the Date of Mardi Gras in This and Other Years

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Mardi Gras is the final day before Lent, the season of repentance—marked by fasting, abstinence, prayer, and almsgiving—in preparation for the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. It is often celebrated by eating rich foods and meat—the kinds of thing that people give up for Lent. When is Mardi Gras?

How Is the Date of Mardi Gras Determined?

Mardi Gras (French for "Fat Tuesday"), is the day before Ash Wednesday, which always falls 46 days before Easter.

(See What Determines the Date of Ash Wednesday? for more information.) Because Ash Wednesday is dependent on the date of Easter (see When Is Easter?), and Easter is a moveable feast, the date of Mardi Gras changes every year, too.

When Is Mardi Gras This Year?

Here is the date of Mardi Gras this year:

  • Mardi Gras 2017: February 28, 2017

Planning a Mardi Gras party? Check out this list of Fat Tuesday recipes!

When Is Mardi Gras in Future Years?

Here are the dates of Mardi Gras next year and in future years:

  • Mardi Gras 2018: February 13, 2018
  • Mardi Gras 2019: March 5, 2019
  • Mardi Gras 2020: February 25, 2020
  • Mardi Gras 2021: February 16, 2021
  • Mardi Gras 2022: March 1, 2022
  • Mardi Gras 2023: February 21, 2023
  • Mardi Gras 2024: February 13, 2024
  • Mardi Gras 2025: March 4, 2025
  • Mardi Gras 2026: February 17, 2026
  • Mardi Gras 2027: February 9, 2027
  • Mardi Gras 2028: February 29, 2028
  • Mardi Gras 2029: February 13, 2029
  • Mardi Gras 2030: March 5, 2030

When Was Mardi Gras in Previous Years?

Here are the dates when Mardi Gras fell in previous years, going back to 2007:

  • Mardi Gras 2007: February 20, 2007
  • Mardi Gras 2008: February 5, 2008
  • Mardi Gras 2009: February 24, 2009
  • Mardi Gras 2010: February 16, 2010
  • Mardi Gras 2011: March 8, 2011
  • Mardi Gras 2012: February 21, 2012
  • Mardi Gras 2013: February 12, 2013
  • Mardi Gras 2014: March 4, 2014
  • Mardi Gras 2015: February 17, 2015
  • Mardi Gras 2016: February 9, 2016

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