One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A carnival held in some countries on Shrove Tuesday, most famously in New Orleans.as modifier ‘the Mardi Gras parade’
- ‘A traditional King Cake will be served, and whoever gets the piece containing a bean will win a CD, a drink and a Mardi Gras crown.’
- ‘He had on some Mardi Gras beads, but his lips stood out the most… considering he had on really bright red lipgloss.’
- ‘Stanley mocks her more by telling her that her outfit is a Mardi Gras costume.’
- ‘Second place went to the Copmanthorpe Pre-School Playgroup for its rain forest-themed float and the Temple Lane Playgroup came third with its float which had a Mardi Gras theme.’
- ‘The Grand Marshals shows a dapper older couple riding on a Mardi Gras float.’
- ‘Back then, he was wearing the handsome uniform of the Fairfield (S.C.) Central High School marching band as part of a Mardi Gras parade.’
- ‘You've got yourself this Mardi Gras outfit and a whole sack of illusions.’
- ‘They also have their eyes on ‘a stunning 1500 capacity venue in a secret location’ for a Mardi Gras party, apparently.’
- ‘The loping interplay of euphonium, trumpet, sax and trombone on ‘Segala’, and the glorious swagger of Oblemou wouldn't sound out of place at a Mardi Gras in New Orleans.’
- ‘They always had a Mardi Gras drink called the Hurricane.’
- ‘A man on the traffic signal above us started beating a Mardi Gras rhythm on a pot.’
- ‘No, actually, it's a Mardi Gras king cake, which my attorney was kind enough to send to my office Friday.’
- ‘Yes, Virginia, there will be a Mardi Gras in New Orleans in 2006.’
- ‘The museum stocks stuff like the necklace Britney wore in a Mardi Gras parade and two dresses from her Star Search days.’
- ‘Officials say there will be a Mardi Gras in February.’
- ‘By the time the night of the dance arrived, Chub had acquired a Mardi Gras mask and an extra long raincoat to use as a costume.’
- 1.1 A carnival or fair held at any time.
- ‘The annual Caribbean Carnival will top off the festival on June 20 with a Mardi Gras from 7pm-midnight and firework finale.’
- ‘And if you want Europeans to attend more then make it a Mardi Gras and I think then the mayor will have a tourist attraction.’
- ‘We went out on the town taking in a Mardi Gras like there was no tomorrow.’
- ‘When they exit they hear music, follow it, and stumble into a Mardi Gras.’
French, literally ‘fat Tuesday’, alluding to the last day of feasting before the fast of Lent.
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