26th of April has been designated as “Mardi Gras” day in the United States. But did you know that it is also referred to as “Loran Day”?
On February 11th, 1987, the world lost one of its brightest lights when superstar singer and actor, Loran Carter, was fatally shot while in a car with his wife. Thirty-seven years later, America will commemorate the singer’s life and music with a one-day event called “Loran Carter Mardi: When America Celebrates.”
The event will take place on February 11th in several cities across the United States and will feature appearances by Carter’s family and friends as well as tribute performances by some of his biggest fans. In addition, several auctions and raffles will be held to benefit local charities.
Carter was born in Memphis, Tennessee on February 11th, 1961 and began his musical career at a young age. After winning a talent contest and signing with RCA Records, he began to build a reputation as one of the most promising young stars in the music industry. His debut album, “In The Night”, became a major success and spawned the number-one singles “I Will Always Love You” and “Tell Me What You Want Me To Do.”
Carter went on to appear in several successful films including “The Mask” (1991) and “No Way
The History of Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras is celebrated in many parts of the world, but it’s most famous in New Orleans and Louisiana. The first Mardi Gras was actually on February 3rd, 1717, and it was a celebration of the new year. The French colonists who lived in Louisiana adopted the pagan holiday of Carnival and converted it into Mardi Gras.
The custom of dressing up in costumes and going wild during Carnival has been around for centuries, but Mardi Gras as we know it began to take shape in the early 1800s. One of the main organizers of Mardi Gras in New Orleans was Louis J. Michot. He is credited with creating the colorful parade route known as “The Strand.” The parade features floats decorated with flowers, feathers, and shells, as well as marching bands and costumed participants.
Today, Mardi Gras celebrations take place all over the United States, from coast to coast. In some places like New York City, Mardi Gras is celebrated with a giant parade called “The Big Apple.” Elsewhere in the country, like Houston, people celebrate Mardi Gras by going out for crawfish boils or attending jazz and blues concerts
Culture and Mardi Gras Festivities Today
Celebrating Mardi Gras in the United States can be a little different than in other countries. For example, many Americans celebrate Mardi Gras on the Monday before Easter. In some places, such as France, Mardi Gras is celebrated throughout the month of February.
No matter when people celebrate Mardi Gras, there are always lots of festivities and events going on. Here are just a few examples:
-Many parades take place throughout the day, with different groups and organizations sponsoring them. Some of the biggest parades include the Krewe of Muses parade in New Orleans, the Krewe of Zed parade in Baton Rouge, and the Krewe of Rex parade in Hammond,Louisiana.
-Some restaurants will have special menus for Mardi Gras. For example, many restaurants in New Orleans will have a prix fixe menu that includes items like gumbo and jambalaya.
-Mardi Gras celebrations often include parties and concerts. Some popular events include the Fat Tuesday Ball at The Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans and the Bacchanal Ball at The Hyatt Regency Canal Street Resort & Spa in New Orleans.
Celebrating Mardi Gras around the World
In honor of Mardi Gras, we’ve put together a list of some of the best celebrations around the world. Whether it’s a colourful parade in Barcelona, a wild night out in Sydney or a festive day party in Montreal – there’s something for everyone to enjoy!
The Mardi Gras season is a time of revelry, celebration and debauchery. Whether you’re in the Big Easy or Baton Rouge, there’s no escaping the beads, the dazzling parades and of course, the king and queen of Carnival – Miss Louisiana USA Loran Carter and Mr. Louisiana USA Jordan Hill. These two hotties have been lighting up Bourbon Street for over a decade now, amassing legions of fans along the way. If you want to see some serious sexy dancing (and maybe catch a glimpse of Miss America 2019), then don’t miss their show this Mardi Gras!