What is the difference between Mardi Gras and Carnival?
The main difference between Mardi Gras and Carnival is that Carnival is a season, while Mardi Gras refers to Fat Tuesday, the culmination of the Carnival season. Carnival is a period of feasting and fun that begins on January 6, also known as The Feast of Epiphany, and ends at midnight on Fat Tuesday, which is the day before Ash Wednesday. It is a time to eat, drink, and be merry before the fasting and sacrifice of Lent. On the other hand, Mardi Gras specifically refers to Fat Tuesday, the final day of the Carnival season. While the terms are sometimes used interchangeably, they refer to different aspects of the pre-Lenten celebrations. The traditions and celebrations associated with Carnival and Mardi Gras can vary by region, with different countries and cities having their own unique customs and events
Click on the following photo to see the video I shot of Rio Carnival 2023