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The roots of Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday,” can be traced back to Medieval Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries. The French called the traditional revelry "Boeuf Gras", or fatted calf, which followed France to her colonies. In 1699 explorer Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur de Bienville arrived on a land 60 miles south of New Orleans and name it "Pointe du Mardi Gras", because he arrived their on the night of the holiday. In 1703 the first Mardi Gras was celebrated in America, in the "Fort Louis de la Louisiane", which was also established by Jean Baptiste Le Moyne Sieur de Bienville. By 1730 Mardi Gras was celebrated yearly in New Orleans, but without the parades that we have nowadays. Around 1740 Marquis de Vaudreuill was the one who established elegant society balls to celebrate Mardi Grass, which became the model for the current celebration of the New Orleans Mardi Grass balls. Nowadays Mardi Grass is about parades, music, picnics and a lot of partying! People wear costumes of dress up in purple, green and gold. And don't forget the long beads, of course. The traditional beads are purple, green and gold. The purple represents justice, green signifies faithand gold symbolizes power. Are you excited yet? Prepare yourself for the Mardi Gras fun with bright costumes, beads and drinks! This famous celebration is responsible for keeping Louisiana’s economy strong. Each year, the Mardi Gras celebration rakes in hundreds of millions of dollars through food purchases, sourvenirs, hotel stays and of course, alcohol! Are you planning on visiting the French Quarter to celebrate this huge event? Make sure you plan ahead, so you'll stay on budget. We suggest you book your hotel as early as possible, so you can enjoy the best deal and you'll ensure yourself of a room. Use one of our coupon or check out some of our great deals to get the best price for your stay. And some extra advice to save costs when you're enjoying Mardi Gras: Look for a restaurant or pub that are not located in the tourist areas. Or buy food in the supermarket and bring your own dish to the party. And last but not least, make sure you keep your money save during the parties. The crowded party gives easy access to pickpockets and you might not even notice your wallet has been taken until it's too late.