Mardi Gras has been called the biggest party on the planet, and seeing how it originated in Europe and is still celebrated there as well as in North and South America today, it just might be the biggest party ever!

While you might think it's nothing but drunken debauchery, Mardi Gras actually finds it's roots in Christianity. In fact, Mardi Gras was made an official holiday in 1582, when Pope Gregory XIII placed it on his Gregorian calendar on the day before Ash Wednesday. Loosely translated, Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday... meaning the day you eat and drink your fill and get out all your sins before the Lenten season begins.

Mardi Gras is all about fun, food and family so no matter where you live, grab some beads, make something good to eat and let the good times roll!