Mardi Gras is a French term meaning "Fat Tuesday" and falls on the day before Ash Wednesday. People like to celebrate the Mardi Gras carnival by holding parades, parties and wearing colorful masks, costumes and beads.
Cities that hold famous Mardi Gras celebrations include New Orleans, Louisiana, Mobile, Alabama and Sydney, Australia. You wouldn't know by watching the parades and wild behavior of pie-eyed party participants, but Mardi Gras is a religious celebration. The festivities begin on or after Epiphany and wind up on the day before Ash Wednesday. Fat Tuesday refers to the practice stuffing yourself silly on the last night before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season (penitential season of Lent).
Decorate your full or with cut and paste shapes, brightly colored paints, feathers, sequins, and paper or fabric trimmings.