February 27,1827:The first Mardi Gras celebrations were held in New Orleans.
The first Mardi Gras celebrations were held in New Orleans. (1827) Inspired by similar celebrations in Paris, group of masked students paraded through the street on this day, marking the first Mardi Gras celebrations. Early French settlers had had similar celebrations, but they had been banned throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. Once Louisiana became part of the US, the ban was lifted and Mardi Gras celebrations began to take place annually. Source: Wisegeek.com
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