This year, Mardi Gras falls on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Down in New Orleans, the annual pre-Lenten citywide celebration begins on Twelfth Night on Jan. 6. Parades and parties pick up steam in the weeks following, with Fat Tuesday as the final blowout.
For those of you who can't make it down to New Orleans for carnival, next week, we'll round up the best Mardi Gras parties in New York City so you can get in on (at least an approximation of) the action.
Until then, enjoy this classic from Professor Longhair: