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When Is Mardi Gras?

Find the date of Mardi Gras this year, and links to Mardi Gras resources


Ruby Gallagos holds a handful of beads before a Mardi Gras parade. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Ruby Gallagos holds a handful of beads before the start of the Excalibur Mardi Gras parade February 17, 2006, in Metairie, Louisiana.

(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Question: When Is Mardi Gras?

Mardi Gras is the final day before Lent, the season of preparation for the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. When is Mardi Gras?

Answer: Mardi Gras (French for "Fat Tuesday"), is the day before Ash Wednesday, which always falls 46 days before Easter. (See What Determines the Date of Ash Wednesday? for more information.) Because it is dependent on the date of Easter (see When Is Easter?), and Easter is a moveable feast, the date of Mardi Gras changes every year, too.

The following articles give the date of Mardi Gras in each of the next several years:

 When Is Mardi Gras 2014?
 When Is Mardi Gras 2015?
 When Is Mardi Gras 2016?
 When Is Mardi Gras 2017?
 When Is Mardi Gras 2018?
 When Is Mardi Gras 2019?

Planning a Mardi Gras party? Check out this list of Fat Tuesday recipes!

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