A Brief History of Mardi Gras

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Let's Mask
With it's mixture of Caribbean, Spanish, and French influences, New Orleans' Mardi Gras adopted the latter nation's affinity for masked balls and celebrations. In a little more than 150 years, Mardi Gras has only been canceled about a dozen times, typically for disease (yellow fever in the late 1870s) or conflict (the Civil War and both World Wars).

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