Carnival celebrations are ramping up around the globe, and for North Americans, New Orleans, Louisiana is ground zero. Locals and tourists alike are donning their finery for the party, and this notorious Mardi Gras revelry reaches a crescendo this week on Fat Tuesday.
In Latin America, Mardi Gras is known as Carnaval, and here in Morelia the annual Carnaval Festival is called “Torito de Petate” – the festival of the “little bull made of woven reeds.”
Last year we were in New Orleans as neighborhoods donned their traditional Mardi Gras attire.
Did you know that Mardi Gras in Mobile, Alabama is the oldest annual Carnival celebration in the United States? It started in 1703 – that was 15 years before New Orleans was founded!