Brazil · Carnival · Holiday · Mardi Gras · Marriage · New Orleans · Relationship

Mardi Gras vs. Carnival


Last night I went to the Extravaganza ball, one of the biggest Mardi Gras parties in New Orleans. If you are asking how I ended up there, my husband and I live in New Orleans, and, like every good New Orleanian, he is member of a Mardi Gras Krewe.

When you are in an multinational relationship like I am and specially when you live in a another country, you fell like you are always missing out. The Brazilian holidays are at the top of the list of things I miss the most since I moved to the United States. Not only because we have a whole lot more holidays, but because every culture celebrates their holidays differently. However, this is not the case when it comes to Carnival.

Carnival celebrations

If you know anything about Brazil, you know that we have the most famous Carnival celebration in the world. Just like Mardi Gras, Carnival is a month long festivity that ends on Ash Wednesday.

In Brazil, we celebrate carnival in two different ways: the street Carnival and the parades. The parades usually happen in the big cities like Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. They are bigger than the Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans, but aren’t open to the general public. You either have to buy a ticket to watch the parades inside the venue or to watch it on TV. The street celebrations on the other hand can vary from public to private parties.

Mardi Gras Celebration 

I think Mardi Gras is very similar to Carnival in a lot of aspects. My favorite thing about Mardi Gras are the traditions that come along with it, including the delicious king cakes, balls and throws/beads.  Although the balls are open only to a select number of people, the Mardi Gras parades are very inclusive.

Happy Mardi Gras folks!

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