After the holidays and in the middle of winter, we all need a good party to look forward to. Traditionally, Mardi Gras is the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. It’s the last chance to indulge with fine food, music, costumes and dancing before the Lenten season. The most famous Mardi Gras in the United States occurs in New Orleans. However it is celebrated all over Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. Other countries in Europe, South America, and the tropics also celebrate Carnival season.