Quiz: How Well Do You Know the History & Traditions of Mardi Gras?

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Merry Mardi Gras!

If you think you know a lot about the history and tradition of Mardi Gras, take this quiz to test your knowledge!

 Mar 03, 2019

1 of 18Choose Your Answer:

How many days is Mardi Gras?
3
7
1

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What are usually thrown at Mardi Gras' celebrations?
Glasses
Rocks
Beads

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Mardi Gras colors are:
Green, red, blue
Pink, blue and orange
Purple, green and gold

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The official greeting of Mardi Gras is:
Welcome to the party
C'est la vie
Laissez les bon temps rouler

5 of 18Choose Your Answer:

Carnival season begins on what Catholic holiday?
Christmas
Penticost
The Epiphany

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Those that run Mardi Gras parades are known as:
Runners
Krewes
Grazzers

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True or False: Everyone on a Mardi Gras float must wear a mask or paint their face.
True
False

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In what American city is Mardi Gras celebrated?
New York City
Las Vegas
New Orleans

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What do Mardi Gras King Cakes hide inside of them?
A plastic baby
Plastic coins
A glass dog

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Where was the first Mardi Gras celebration held?
Lafayette, Indiana
Macon, Georgia
Mobile, Alabama

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What medieval tradition can Mardi Gras be traced back to?
Drinking mead at Christmas
Feasting before the arrival of Lent
The throwing of trinkets by children to celebrate the Epiphany

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What does the French expression "Mardi Gras" literally translate to in English?
Fat Tuesday
Coming of Lent
Thanks Giving

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Mardi Gras is also known as:
Toast Day
Pancake Day
Muffin Day

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Where is Mardi Gras NOT a state holiday?
Florida
Indiana
Alabama

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What are the coins tossed from Mardi Gras' floats called?
Pounds
Doubloons
Pesos

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What is the religious name for Mardi Gras?
Shrove Tuesday
Lenten Tuesday
Carnival Tuesday

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What is the name of the famous neighbourhood in New Orleans where Mardi Gras celebrations take place?
The French Quarter
The Spanish Square
The Portuguese Villa

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Mardi Gras falls on the same date every year.
True
False
WOMEN.COM | Quiz Facts

Mardi Gras 2019 is just around the corner. In some places, it's a statewide holiday, but it's not only about rich, fatty, junk food and boozing it up—there's a real history behind it that dates back hundreds of years, and it's rooted more in the Christian tradition that you would think! To show your love for the spectacle and fun of the holiday, show what you know by taking this fun, but challenging quiz on the before during and after of Mardi Gras!

The origins of Mardi Gras can be traced to medieval Europe, through Rome and Venice to France where the traditional revelry of "Boeuf Gras," or fatted calf, continued to the United States where it celebrated mostly in the Southern states today! If you love the festivity of Mardi Gras and you head to New Orleans to celebrate and watch the parade each year, get in the spirit before you go and test yourself here. There's another bonus—you can keep your shirt on the whole time!

By playing a Women.com quiz, you will not only enjoy yourself, but you'll work your mind out too! You may even be exposing it to new things and while you probably know all the answers here—we believe you're a trivia whiz, after all—there is a chance you may learn something you DIDN'T know in high school. Everyone can use a little extra knowledge, don't you think? We sure do! We believe in you, and we have no doubt you'll ace these fun but challenging trivia questions! Good luck!