Mardi Gras Facts

1969 – A French exploring party led by Pierre LeMoyne lands 60 miles below New Orleans on Fat Tuesday. He names the spot Pointe du Mardi Gras and the group celebrated.

1743 – The first Carnival ball is held. Masking is forbidden by the Spanish governor.

1781 – The newspaper reports that masking is again flourishing during Mardi Gras.

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