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

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How many days is Mardi Gras?

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What are usually thrown at Mardi Gras' celebrations?

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

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Carnival season begins on what Catholic holiday?
The Epiphany

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Those that run Mardi Gras parades are known as:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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?

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

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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 Portuguese Villa
The French Quarter
The Spanish Square

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Mardi Gras falls on the same date every year.
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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!