After weeks of pre-celebration, it’s finally Mardi Gras in New Orleans!
Though “Mardi Gras” is French for “Fat Tuesday” and is truly meant for Christians to throw a feast before Lent, people all over the world have turned the holy day into their own personal partying holiday — especially in the Big Easy.
Check out video of festivities under way in NOLA, complete with face paint, colorful beads and wild costumes.
When they weren’t getting wild, New Orleans natives and tourists documented all the colorful fun on social media.
Enjoying myself at home in New Orleans for Mardi Gras 2018 and ZULU!!! pic.twitter.com/t569WvLpie
— Joseph F Lawrence Jr (@josephflawrenc2) February 13, 2018
— David (@DavidMora) February 13, 2018
— Ali Coates (@nowneworleans) February 13, 2018
Happy Mardi Gras! It was a blast New Orleans! Thanks for the friends, fun, and food! Nothing like it – loved it! pic.twitter.com/k0453Myf84
— Laura Otto (@lotto3309) February 14, 2018
The NOLA crowds partied extra hard Tuesday night because Mardi Gras also coincided with the city’s Tricentennial — or 300th anniversary.
Happy 300th and Happy Mardi Gras, New Orleans! pic.twitter.com/YriQm2XhNX
— Hotel Monteleone (@hotelmonteleone) February 13, 2018
I still can’t get over the fact that I just celebrated the 300th Mardi Gras in New Orleans today pic.twitter.com/NYT1iOdxY0
— nick raimondi (@nickisatomic) February 14, 2018
Mardi Gras 2018 in New Orleans wrapped up with multiple simultaneous parades and parties throughout the city. Take a look at the celebration’s full schedule here.