New Orleans Mardi Gras

This festival stretches for two weeks before and after Shrove Tuesday until it is Ash Wednesday. Small to huge parades are held during the whole festival, with the largest parade taking place in the last five days with sometimes a ball held on the last day.

The festival is organized by social clubs in the city. Objects like colorful plastic beads and decorated items like throw cups are thrown into the audience by those doing the parade to engage with them. Their traditional colors are purple, green, and gold, signifying justice, faith, and power, respectively.

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