The people of New Orleans are soaking up the party spirit as they celebrate Mardi Gras. The festivities have already started, lasting in total for about two weeks, and culminating on Fat Tuesday or 21 February.
It’s not known how long Mardi Gras has been celebrated in New Orleans, but it is thought to have started before 1743. In 1875 it was declared a legal state holiday, and it continues to this day as an important aspect of the local economy.
The weekend before Mardi Gras, the population of New Orleans doubles with all the tourists that come to town.
Laws that prevent people from concealing their identity are temporarily suspended for Fat Tuesday, as people dress up in extravagant costumes and masks. There is usually one major parade for each day of the celebrations. Some days there are several! And, of course, you can watch it all on webcam.
You can check out the Mardi Gras webcam here. The webcam streams from the heart of the action on Bourbon Street.