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11 Things You Didn’t Know About Mardi Gras (Slideshow)

11 Things You Didn’t Know About Mardi Gras (Slideshow)

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While you probably know about traditions like King Cake, do you know exactly why they hide a plastic baby in it? Do you know why the official colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green and gold or why many wear masks? To help you party with a purpose, we rounded up some interesting facts about this rambunctious holiday that you might not have ever known.

11 Things You Didn’t Know About Mardi Gras

While you probably know about traditions like King Cake, do you know exactly why they hide a plastic baby in it? Do you know why the official colors of Mardi Gras are purple, green and gold or why many wear masks? To help you party with a purpose, we rounded up some interesting facts about this rambunctious holiday that you might not have ever known.

Bead History

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One of the original New Orleans krewes, the Twelfth Night Revelers, are credited to be the first to participate in Mardi Gras “throws.” The beads themselves came onto the scene in the late 1870s when The King of Carnival (a.k.a. Rex) tossed these inexpensive necklaces into the crowd. It is also believed that a man dressed as Santa Claus was the first to decorate his costume in beads.

Cool Coconuts

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Beyond the beads, a coveted souvenir from Mardi Gras you may not have heard of is the Zulu krewe's decorated “golden” coconut, which is tossed out to crowds during the parade. Though tossing out a coconut isn’t without its dangers, the painted token is excluded from liabilities related to injuries. So, if you’re trying to catch the coconut, be careful!

First U.S. Mardi Gras

While New Orleans is now considered the home of Mardi Gras, it actually did not begin in the Big Easy. In 1699, French-Canadian explorer Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne, Sieur de Bienville declared what is now known as Mobile, Alabama, the "Pointe du Mardi Gras" after he and his men realized they landed there on the eve of Mardi Gras. In 1702, he established "Fort Louis de la Louisiane" (which is now Mobile). Just one year later In 1703, Fort Louis de la Mobile celebrated America's very first Mardi Gras.

Global Mardi Gras

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The U.S. isn’t the only country that parties in the week leading up to Lent. This annual celebration is also celebrated in Europe, South America, and the Caribbean. with a few variations. In France, The Carnevale di Nice runs as a weeklong celebration of debauchery. In Brazil, a four-day festival filled with samba music ends with the crowning of a Fat Tuesday King. Trinidad and Tobago honor Carnival with flashy costumes, steel-band concerts, and a massive festival.

To learn “How to Throw the Most Indulgent, Over-the-Top Mardi Gras Party,” click here.

The Hurricane

If there’s one signature drink of New Orleans, it’s the hurricane. A mixture of rum, fruit juice, and grenadine, the cocktail was originally developed at Pat O’Briens. According to the restaurant’s website, it was originally concocted to use excess rum in bar orders. In the 1940s, bartenders had to order crates of the less popular rum in order to get coveted bottles of whiskey. Thus, the hurricane was born.

For the Hurricane cocktail recipe, click here.

King Cake Baby

Wreath-shaped cakes were typically eaten on Jan. 6 to honor the Three Kings’ journey home following their pilgrimage to meet the baby Jesus. The small plastic baby was meant to symbolize finding the savior. When a traveling salesman passed through New Orleans with an extra-large tow of miniature porcelain dolls from France, he suggested that they bake them into the cakes. When they ran out of the porcelain dolls, they turned to the plastic interpretations of baby Jesus and have been baking them into King Cakes ever since. Today, over half a million king cakes are sold during the beginning of the year until Fat Tuesday.

To read “How to Make King Cake for Mardi Gras,” click here.

Mardi Gras Masks

The signature look of the celebration, masks, are more than just a colorful decoration. Masks were used as a symbol of hiding from social and class constraints and were considered a way to hide from the “evil” deeds that were done on Mardi Gras.

Mardi Gras Moves to New Orleans

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Before Mardi Gras celebrations took over the streets, secret societies in NOLA held elegant masquerade balls that are the blueprint for the parties held today. In the early 1830s, New Orleans began to hold processions that included horseback riders and maskers with elaborate carriages in tow. This eventually lead the way for the development of Mardi Gras “krewes,” the first being an anonymous band of natives from Mobile called the “Mistick Krewe of Comus.”

For “Top Picks for Eating and Drinking Along New Orleans Mardi Gras Parade Routes,” click here.

Purple, Green, and Gold

Rex, the King of the Carnival, selected the signature colors of Mardi Gras in 1892. The purple represents justice, green represents faith, and gold indicates power. These colors are now seen at Mardi Gras celebrations around the world.

Shrove Tuesday

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Mardi Gras is also linked to Shrove Tuesday, a tradition that is now informally known as “Pancake Day.” As a way to use as much milk, fats, and eggs as possible before Ash Wednesday began, Christians in In the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and Canada spend the day eating and playing with pancakes by holding eating contests and races.

For “Where to Find the 10 Best Pancakes in America,” click here.

Super Sunday

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As a way to honor the Native Americans who helped shelter runaway slaves, many African-Americans who found it difficult to participate in the krewe events developed their own tradition. They pay homage with ornate, handmade costumes and perform at several events on “Super Sunday,” the Sunday after St. Joseph’s Day and Jazz Fest, among other events.


  • Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana said he wasn't warned that by not canceling Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans it could cause an outbreak
  • 'There was not a single suggestion by anyone – a doctor, a scientist, a political figure – that we needed to cancel Mardi Gras,' he told CNN Sunday morning
  • Louisiana is the fourth-most affected state in the nation from the coronavirus outbreak with 370 deaths as of Sunday
  • Edwards, and a few dozen other governors, were briefed by CDC Director Robert Redfield and immunologist Anthony Fauci February 9 of coronavirus threats
  • Mardi Gras was celebrated February 25 with the traditional 2.5 hour parade down Bourbon Street in New Orleans with thousands attending
  • The parade and celebrations likely led to the massive outbreak in the state

Published: 21:09 BST, 5 April 2020 | Updated: 15:50 BST, 1 November 2020

The governor of Louisiana said Sunday that he wasn't told to cancel the massive Mardi Gras celebrations at the end of February, even though governors were briefed on the coronavirus threat weeks earlier.

'There was not a single suggestion by anyone – a doctor, a scientist, a political figure – that we needed to cancel Mardi Gras,' John Bel Edwards told CNN's State of the Union Sunday morning.

'Rather than look back, I am focused on today and going forward,' Edwards continued.

Although concerns over coronavirus and its ramifications didn't manifest until March in the U.S., U.S. governors were briefed February 9 at the National Governors Association Winter Meeting by members of Donald Trump's coronavirus task force on the growing threat of the respiratory virus.

Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana said Sunday that he wasn't warned that by not canceling Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans it could cause a coronavirus outbreak

Louisiana is the fourth-deadliest state as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, likely stemming from the massive Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans on February 25 – weeks after Edwards was briefed of the virus' threat

Louisiana makes up 370 deaths of the more than 8,500 across the U.S.

Despite this, many states did not immediately react and resumed business as normal, including New Orleans going forward with Mardi Gras celebrations and parades.

Mardi Gras was celebrated February 25 with the traditional parade down Bourbon Street, which usually takes about 2.5 hours and is attended by thousands of people from all over the country – and even many international travelers.

The celebrations across the state, and specifically in New Orleans, sparked a major outbreak in Louisiana, leading it to become the fourth deadliest state in the nation with 370 deaths as of Sunday.

Centers for Disease Control Director Robert Redfield and the government's top immunologist and infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci revealed the threats of coronavirus to governors in early February.

The NGA meeting was hosted by Chairman and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, and attended by more than half of the nation's state leaders.

Hogan said Redfield and Fauci's statements were alarming to several governors at the time.

'The doctors and the scientists, they were telling us then exactly what they are saying now,' Hogan, a Republican, told The Washington Post in an article published Saturday.


  • Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana said he wasn't warned that by not canceling Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans it could cause an outbreak
  • 'There was not a single suggestion by anyone – a doctor, a scientist, a political figure – that we needed to cancel Mardi Gras,' he told CNN Sunday morning
  • Louisiana is the fourth-most affected state in the nation from the coronavirus outbreak with 370 deaths as of Sunday
  • Edwards, and a few dozen other governors, were briefed by CDC Director Robert Redfield and immunologist Anthony Fauci February 9 of coronavirus threats
  • Mardi Gras was celebrated February 25 with the traditional 2.5 hour parade down Bourbon Street in New Orleans with thousands attending
  • The parade and celebrations likely led to the massive outbreak in the state

Published: 21:09 BST, 5 April 2020 | Updated: 15:50 BST, 1 November 2020

The governor of Louisiana said Sunday that he wasn't told to cancel the massive Mardi Gras celebrations at the end of February, even though governors were briefed on the coronavirus threat weeks earlier.

'There was not a single suggestion by anyone – a doctor, a scientist, a political figure – that we needed to cancel Mardi Gras,' John Bel Edwards told CNN's State of the Union Sunday morning.

'Rather than look back, I am focused on today and going forward,' Edwards continued.

Although concerns over coronavirus and its ramifications didn't manifest until March in the U.S., U.S. governors were briefed February 9 at the National Governors Association Winter Meeting by members of Donald Trump's coronavirus task force on the growing threat of the respiratory virus.

Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana said Sunday that he wasn't warned that by not canceling Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans it could cause a coronavirus outbreak

Louisiana is the fourth-deadliest state as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, likely stemming from the massive Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans on February 25 – weeks after Edwards was briefed of the virus' threat

Louisiana makes up 370 deaths of the more than 8,500 across the U.S.

Despite this, many states did not immediately react and resumed business as normal, including New Orleans going forward with Mardi Gras celebrations and parades.

Mardi Gras was celebrated February 25 with the traditional parade down Bourbon Street, which usually takes about 2.5 hours and is attended by thousands of people from all over the country – and even many international travelers.

The celebrations across the state, and specifically in New Orleans, sparked a major outbreak in Louisiana, leading it to become the fourth deadliest state in the nation with 370 deaths as of Sunday.

Centers for Disease Control Director Robert Redfield and the government's top immunologist and infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci revealed the threats of coronavirus to governors in early February.

The NGA meeting was hosted by Chairman and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, and attended by more than half of the nation's state leaders.

Hogan said Redfield and Fauci's statements were alarming to several governors at the time.

'The doctors and the scientists, they were telling us then exactly what they are saying now,' Hogan, a Republican, told The Washington Post in an article published Saturday.


  • Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana said he wasn't warned that by not canceling Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans it could cause an outbreak
  • 'There was not a single suggestion by anyone – a doctor, a scientist, a political figure – that we needed to cancel Mardi Gras,' he told CNN Sunday morning
  • Louisiana is the fourth-most affected state in the nation from the coronavirus outbreak with 370 deaths as of Sunday
  • Edwards, and a few dozen other governors, were briefed by CDC Director Robert Redfield and immunologist Anthony Fauci February 9 of coronavirus threats
  • Mardi Gras was celebrated February 25 with the traditional 2.5 hour parade down Bourbon Street in New Orleans with thousands attending
  • The parade and celebrations likely led to the massive outbreak in the state

Published: 21:09 BST, 5 April 2020 | Updated: 15:50 BST, 1 November 2020

The governor of Louisiana said Sunday that he wasn't told to cancel the massive Mardi Gras celebrations at the end of February, even though governors were briefed on the coronavirus threat weeks earlier.

'There was not a single suggestion by anyone – a doctor, a scientist, a political figure – that we needed to cancel Mardi Gras,' John Bel Edwards told CNN's State of the Union Sunday morning.

'Rather than look back, I am focused on today and going forward,' Edwards continued.

Although concerns over coronavirus and its ramifications didn't manifest until March in the U.S., U.S. governors were briefed February 9 at the National Governors Association Winter Meeting by members of Donald Trump's coronavirus task force on the growing threat of the respiratory virus.

Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana said Sunday that he wasn't warned that by not canceling Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans it could cause a coronavirus outbreak

Louisiana is the fourth-deadliest state as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, likely stemming from the massive Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans on February 25 – weeks after Edwards was briefed of the virus' threat

Louisiana makes up 370 deaths of the more than 8,500 across the U.S.

Despite this, many states did not immediately react and resumed business as normal, including New Orleans going forward with Mardi Gras celebrations and parades.

Mardi Gras was celebrated February 25 with the traditional parade down Bourbon Street, which usually takes about 2.5 hours and is attended by thousands of people from all over the country – and even many international travelers.

The celebrations across the state, and specifically in New Orleans, sparked a major outbreak in Louisiana, leading it to become the fourth deadliest state in the nation with 370 deaths as of Sunday.

Centers for Disease Control Director Robert Redfield and the government's top immunologist and infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci revealed the threats of coronavirus to governors in early February.

The NGA meeting was hosted by Chairman and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, and attended by more than half of the nation's state leaders.

Hogan said Redfield and Fauci's statements were alarming to several governors at the time.

'The doctors and the scientists, they were telling us then exactly what they are saying now,' Hogan, a Republican, told The Washington Post in an article published Saturday.


  • Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana said he wasn't warned that by not canceling Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans it could cause an outbreak
  • 'There was not a single suggestion by anyone – a doctor, a scientist, a political figure – that we needed to cancel Mardi Gras,' he told CNN Sunday morning
  • Louisiana is the fourth-most affected state in the nation from the coronavirus outbreak with 370 deaths as of Sunday
  • Edwards, and a few dozen other governors, were briefed by CDC Director Robert Redfield and immunologist Anthony Fauci February 9 of coronavirus threats
  • Mardi Gras was celebrated February 25 with the traditional 2.5 hour parade down Bourbon Street in New Orleans with thousands attending
  • The parade and celebrations likely led to the massive outbreak in the state

Published: 21:09 BST, 5 April 2020 | Updated: 15:50 BST, 1 November 2020

The governor of Louisiana said Sunday that he wasn't told to cancel the massive Mardi Gras celebrations at the end of February, even though governors were briefed on the coronavirus threat weeks earlier.

'There was not a single suggestion by anyone – a doctor, a scientist, a political figure – that we needed to cancel Mardi Gras,' John Bel Edwards told CNN's State of the Union Sunday morning.

'Rather than look back, I am focused on today and going forward,' Edwards continued.

Although concerns over coronavirus and its ramifications didn't manifest until March in the U.S., U.S. governors were briefed February 9 at the National Governors Association Winter Meeting by members of Donald Trump's coronavirus task force on the growing threat of the respiratory virus.

Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana said Sunday that he wasn't warned that by not canceling Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans it could cause a coronavirus outbreak

Louisiana is the fourth-deadliest state as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, likely stemming from the massive Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans on February 25 – weeks after Edwards was briefed of the virus' threat

Louisiana makes up 370 deaths of the more than 8,500 across the U.S.

Despite this, many states did not immediately react and resumed business as normal, including New Orleans going forward with Mardi Gras celebrations and parades.

Mardi Gras was celebrated February 25 with the traditional parade down Bourbon Street, which usually takes about 2.5 hours and is attended by thousands of people from all over the country – and even many international travelers.

The celebrations across the state, and specifically in New Orleans, sparked a major outbreak in Louisiana, leading it to become the fourth deadliest state in the nation with 370 deaths as of Sunday.

Centers for Disease Control Director Robert Redfield and the government's top immunologist and infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci revealed the threats of coronavirus to governors in early February.

The NGA meeting was hosted by Chairman and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, and attended by more than half of the nation's state leaders.

Hogan said Redfield and Fauci's statements were alarming to several governors at the time.

'The doctors and the scientists, they were telling us then exactly what they are saying now,' Hogan, a Republican, told The Washington Post in an article published Saturday.


  • Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana said he wasn't warned that by not canceling Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans it could cause an outbreak
  • 'There was not a single suggestion by anyone – a doctor, a scientist, a political figure – that we needed to cancel Mardi Gras,' he told CNN Sunday morning
  • Louisiana is the fourth-most affected state in the nation from the coronavirus outbreak with 370 deaths as of Sunday
  • Edwards, and a few dozen other governors, were briefed by CDC Director Robert Redfield and immunologist Anthony Fauci February 9 of coronavirus threats
  • Mardi Gras was celebrated February 25 with the traditional 2.5 hour parade down Bourbon Street in New Orleans with thousands attending
  • The parade and celebrations likely led to the massive outbreak in the state

Published: 21:09 BST, 5 April 2020 | Updated: 15:50 BST, 1 November 2020

The governor of Louisiana said Sunday that he wasn't told to cancel the massive Mardi Gras celebrations at the end of February, even though governors were briefed on the coronavirus threat weeks earlier.

'There was not a single suggestion by anyone – a doctor, a scientist, a political figure – that we needed to cancel Mardi Gras,' John Bel Edwards told CNN's State of the Union Sunday morning.

'Rather than look back, I am focused on today and going forward,' Edwards continued.

Although concerns over coronavirus and its ramifications didn't manifest until March in the U.S., U.S. governors were briefed February 9 at the National Governors Association Winter Meeting by members of Donald Trump's coronavirus task force on the growing threat of the respiratory virus.

Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana said Sunday that he wasn't warned that by not canceling Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans it could cause a coronavirus outbreak

Louisiana is the fourth-deadliest state as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, likely stemming from the massive Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans on February 25 – weeks after Edwards was briefed of the virus' threat

Louisiana makes up 370 deaths of the more than 8,500 across the U.S.

Despite this, many states did not immediately react and resumed business as normal, including New Orleans going forward with Mardi Gras celebrations and parades.

Mardi Gras was celebrated February 25 with the traditional parade down Bourbon Street, which usually takes about 2.5 hours and is attended by thousands of people from all over the country – and even many international travelers.

The celebrations across the state, and specifically in New Orleans, sparked a major outbreak in Louisiana, leading it to become the fourth deadliest state in the nation with 370 deaths as of Sunday.

Centers for Disease Control Director Robert Redfield and the government's top immunologist and infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci revealed the threats of coronavirus to governors in early February.

The NGA meeting was hosted by Chairman and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, and attended by more than half of the nation's state leaders.

Hogan said Redfield and Fauci's statements were alarming to several governors at the time.

'The doctors and the scientists, they were telling us then exactly what they are saying now,' Hogan, a Republican, told The Washington Post in an article published Saturday.


  • Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana said he wasn't warned that by not canceling Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans it could cause an outbreak
  • 'There was not a single suggestion by anyone – a doctor, a scientist, a political figure – that we needed to cancel Mardi Gras,' he told CNN Sunday morning
  • Louisiana is the fourth-most affected state in the nation from the coronavirus outbreak with 370 deaths as of Sunday
  • Edwards, and a few dozen other governors, were briefed by CDC Director Robert Redfield and immunologist Anthony Fauci February 9 of coronavirus threats
  • Mardi Gras was celebrated February 25 with the traditional 2.5 hour parade down Bourbon Street in New Orleans with thousands attending
  • The parade and celebrations likely led to the massive outbreak in the state

Published: 21:09 BST, 5 April 2020 | Updated: 15:50 BST, 1 November 2020

The governor of Louisiana said Sunday that he wasn't told to cancel the massive Mardi Gras celebrations at the end of February, even though governors were briefed on the coronavirus threat weeks earlier.

'There was not a single suggestion by anyone – a doctor, a scientist, a political figure – that we needed to cancel Mardi Gras,' John Bel Edwards told CNN's State of the Union Sunday morning.

'Rather than look back, I am focused on today and going forward,' Edwards continued.

Although concerns over coronavirus and its ramifications didn't manifest until March in the U.S., U.S. governors were briefed February 9 at the National Governors Association Winter Meeting by members of Donald Trump's coronavirus task force on the growing threat of the respiratory virus.

Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana said Sunday that he wasn't warned that by not canceling Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans it could cause a coronavirus outbreak

Louisiana is the fourth-deadliest state as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, likely stemming from the massive Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans on February 25 – weeks after Edwards was briefed of the virus' threat

Louisiana makes up 370 deaths of the more than 8,500 across the U.S.

Despite this, many states did not immediately react and resumed business as normal, including New Orleans going forward with Mardi Gras celebrations and parades.

Mardi Gras was celebrated February 25 with the traditional parade down Bourbon Street, which usually takes about 2.5 hours and is attended by thousands of people from all over the country – and even many international travelers.

The celebrations across the state, and specifically in New Orleans, sparked a major outbreak in Louisiana, leading it to become the fourth deadliest state in the nation with 370 deaths as of Sunday.

Centers for Disease Control Director Robert Redfield and the government's top immunologist and infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci revealed the threats of coronavirus to governors in early February.

The NGA meeting was hosted by Chairman and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, and attended by more than half of the nation's state leaders.

Hogan said Redfield and Fauci's statements were alarming to several governors at the time.

'The doctors and the scientists, they were telling us then exactly what they are saying now,' Hogan, a Republican, told The Washington Post in an article published Saturday.


  • Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana said he wasn't warned that by not canceling Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans it could cause an outbreak
  • 'There was not a single suggestion by anyone – a doctor, a scientist, a political figure – that we needed to cancel Mardi Gras,' he told CNN Sunday morning
  • Louisiana is the fourth-most affected state in the nation from the coronavirus outbreak with 370 deaths as of Sunday
  • Edwards, and a few dozen other governors, were briefed by CDC Director Robert Redfield and immunologist Anthony Fauci February 9 of coronavirus threats
  • Mardi Gras was celebrated February 25 with the traditional 2.5 hour parade down Bourbon Street in New Orleans with thousands attending
  • The parade and celebrations likely led to the massive outbreak in the state

Published: 21:09 BST, 5 April 2020 | Updated: 15:50 BST, 1 November 2020

The governor of Louisiana said Sunday that he wasn't told to cancel the massive Mardi Gras celebrations at the end of February, even though governors were briefed on the coronavirus threat weeks earlier.

'There was not a single suggestion by anyone – a doctor, a scientist, a political figure – that we needed to cancel Mardi Gras,' John Bel Edwards told CNN's State of the Union Sunday morning.

'Rather than look back, I am focused on today and going forward,' Edwards continued.

Although concerns over coronavirus and its ramifications didn't manifest until March in the U.S., U.S. governors were briefed February 9 at the National Governors Association Winter Meeting by members of Donald Trump's coronavirus task force on the growing threat of the respiratory virus.

Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana said Sunday that he wasn't warned that by not canceling Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans it could cause a coronavirus outbreak

Louisiana is the fourth-deadliest state as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, likely stemming from the massive Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans on February 25 – weeks after Edwards was briefed of the virus' threat

Louisiana makes up 370 deaths of the more than 8,500 across the U.S.

Despite this, many states did not immediately react and resumed business as normal, including New Orleans going forward with Mardi Gras celebrations and parades.

Mardi Gras was celebrated February 25 with the traditional parade down Bourbon Street, which usually takes about 2.5 hours and is attended by thousands of people from all over the country – and even many international travelers.

The celebrations across the state, and specifically in New Orleans, sparked a major outbreak in Louisiana, leading it to become the fourth deadliest state in the nation with 370 deaths as of Sunday.

Centers for Disease Control Director Robert Redfield and the government's top immunologist and infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci revealed the threats of coronavirus to governors in early February.

The NGA meeting was hosted by Chairman and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, and attended by more than half of the nation's state leaders.

Hogan said Redfield and Fauci's statements were alarming to several governors at the time.

'The doctors and the scientists, they were telling us then exactly what they are saying now,' Hogan, a Republican, told The Washington Post in an article published Saturday.


  • Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana said he wasn't warned that by not canceling Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans it could cause an outbreak
  • 'There was not a single suggestion by anyone – a doctor, a scientist, a political figure – that we needed to cancel Mardi Gras,' he told CNN Sunday morning
  • Louisiana is the fourth-most affected state in the nation from the coronavirus outbreak with 370 deaths as of Sunday
  • Edwards, and a few dozen other governors, were briefed by CDC Director Robert Redfield and immunologist Anthony Fauci February 9 of coronavirus threats
  • Mardi Gras was celebrated February 25 with the traditional 2.5 hour parade down Bourbon Street in New Orleans with thousands attending
  • The parade and celebrations likely led to the massive outbreak in the state

Published: 21:09 BST, 5 April 2020 | Updated: 15:50 BST, 1 November 2020

The governor of Louisiana said Sunday that he wasn't told to cancel the massive Mardi Gras celebrations at the end of February, even though governors were briefed on the coronavirus threat weeks earlier.

'There was not a single suggestion by anyone – a doctor, a scientist, a political figure – that we needed to cancel Mardi Gras,' John Bel Edwards told CNN's State of the Union Sunday morning.

'Rather than look back, I am focused on today and going forward,' Edwards continued.

Although concerns over coronavirus and its ramifications didn't manifest until March in the U.S., U.S. governors were briefed February 9 at the National Governors Association Winter Meeting by members of Donald Trump's coronavirus task force on the growing threat of the respiratory virus.

Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana said Sunday that he wasn't warned that by not canceling Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans it could cause a coronavirus outbreak

Louisiana is the fourth-deadliest state as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, likely stemming from the massive Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans on February 25 – weeks after Edwards was briefed of the virus' threat

Louisiana makes up 370 deaths of the more than 8,500 across the U.S.

Despite this, many states did not immediately react and resumed business as normal, including New Orleans going forward with Mardi Gras celebrations and parades.

Mardi Gras was celebrated February 25 with the traditional parade down Bourbon Street, which usually takes about 2.5 hours and is attended by thousands of people from all over the country – and even many international travelers.

The celebrations across the state, and specifically in New Orleans, sparked a major outbreak in Louisiana, leading it to become the fourth deadliest state in the nation with 370 deaths as of Sunday.

Centers for Disease Control Director Robert Redfield and the government's top immunologist and infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci revealed the threats of coronavirus to governors in early February.

The NGA meeting was hosted by Chairman and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, and attended by more than half of the nation's state leaders.

Hogan said Redfield and Fauci's statements were alarming to several governors at the time.

'The doctors and the scientists, they were telling us then exactly what they are saying now,' Hogan, a Republican, told The Washington Post in an article published Saturday.


  • Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana said he wasn't warned that by not canceling Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans it could cause an outbreak
  • 'There was not a single suggestion by anyone – a doctor, a scientist, a political figure – that we needed to cancel Mardi Gras,' he told CNN Sunday morning
  • Louisiana is the fourth-most affected state in the nation from the coronavirus outbreak with 370 deaths as of Sunday
  • Edwards, and a few dozen other governors, were briefed by CDC Director Robert Redfield and immunologist Anthony Fauci February 9 of coronavirus threats
  • Mardi Gras was celebrated February 25 with the traditional 2.5 hour parade down Bourbon Street in New Orleans with thousands attending
  • The parade and celebrations likely led to the massive outbreak in the state

Published: 21:09 BST, 5 April 2020 | Updated: 15:50 BST, 1 November 2020

The governor of Louisiana said Sunday that he wasn't told to cancel the massive Mardi Gras celebrations at the end of February, even though governors were briefed on the coronavirus threat weeks earlier.

'There was not a single suggestion by anyone – a doctor, a scientist, a political figure – that we needed to cancel Mardi Gras,' John Bel Edwards told CNN's State of the Union Sunday morning.

'Rather than look back, I am focused on today and going forward,' Edwards continued.

Although concerns over coronavirus and its ramifications didn't manifest until March in the U.S., U.S. governors were briefed February 9 at the National Governors Association Winter Meeting by members of Donald Trump's coronavirus task force on the growing threat of the respiratory virus.

Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana said Sunday that he wasn't warned that by not canceling Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans it could cause a coronavirus outbreak

Louisiana is the fourth-deadliest state as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, likely stemming from the massive Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans on February 25 – weeks after Edwards was briefed of the virus' threat

Louisiana makes up 370 deaths of the more than 8,500 across the U.S.

Despite this, many states did not immediately react and resumed business as normal, including New Orleans going forward with Mardi Gras celebrations and parades.

Mardi Gras was celebrated February 25 with the traditional parade down Bourbon Street, which usually takes about 2.5 hours and is attended by thousands of people from all over the country – and even many international travelers.

The celebrations across the state, and specifically in New Orleans, sparked a major outbreak in Louisiana, leading it to become the fourth deadliest state in the nation with 370 deaths as of Sunday.

Centers for Disease Control Director Robert Redfield and the government's top immunologist and infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci revealed the threats of coronavirus to governors in early February.

The NGA meeting was hosted by Chairman and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, and attended by more than half of the nation's state leaders.

Hogan said Redfield and Fauci's statements were alarming to several governors at the time.

'The doctors and the scientists, they were telling us then exactly what they are saying now,' Hogan, a Republican, told The Washington Post in an article published Saturday.


  • Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana said he wasn't warned that by not canceling Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans it could cause an outbreak
  • 'There was not a single suggestion by anyone – a doctor, a scientist, a political figure – that we needed to cancel Mardi Gras,' he told CNN Sunday morning
  • Louisiana is the fourth-most affected state in the nation from the coronavirus outbreak with 370 deaths as of Sunday
  • Edwards, and a few dozen other governors, were briefed by CDC Director Robert Redfield and immunologist Anthony Fauci February 9 of coronavirus threats
  • Mardi Gras was celebrated February 25 with the traditional 2.5 hour parade down Bourbon Street in New Orleans with thousands attending
  • The parade and celebrations likely led to the massive outbreak in the state

Published: 21:09 BST, 5 April 2020 | Updated: 15:50 BST, 1 November 2020

The governor of Louisiana said Sunday that he wasn't told to cancel the massive Mardi Gras celebrations at the end of February, even though governors were briefed on the coronavirus threat weeks earlier.

'There was not a single suggestion by anyone – a doctor, a scientist, a political figure – that we needed to cancel Mardi Gras,' John Bel Edwards told CNN's State of the Union Sunday morning.

'Rather than look back, I am focused on today and going forward,' Edwards continued.

Although concerns over coronavirus and its ramifications didn't manifest until March in the U.S., U.S. governors were briefed February 9 at the National Governors Association Winter Meeting by members of Donald Trump's coronavirus task force on the growing threat of the respiratory virus.

Governor John Bel Edwards of Louisiana said Sunday that he wasn't warned that by not canceling Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans it could cause a coronavirus outbreak

Louisiana is the fourth-deadliest state as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, likely stemming from the massive Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans on February 25 – weeks after Edwards was briefed of the virus' threat

Louisiana makes up 370 deaths of the more than 8,500 across the U.S.

Despite this, many states did not immediately react and resumed business as normal, including New Orleans going forward with Mardi Gras celebrations and parades.

Mardi Gras was celebrated February 25 with the traditional parade down Bourbon Street, which usually takes about 2.5 hours and is attended by thousands of people from all over the country – and even many international travelers.

The celebrations across the state, and specifically in New Orleans, sparked a major outbreak in Louisiana, leading it to become the fourth deadliest state in the nation with 370 deaths as of Sunday.

Centers for Disease Control Director Robert Redfield and the government's top immunologist and infectious diseases expert Anthony Fauci revealed the threats of coronavirus to governors in early February.

The NGA meeting was hosted by Chairman and Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, and attended by more than half of the nation's state leaders.

Hogan said Redfield and Fauci's statements were alarming to several governors at the time.

'The doctors and the scientists, they were telling us then exactly what they are saying now,' Hogan, a Republican, told The Washington Post in an article published Saturday.