Mardi Gras begins around mid January. Also called "fat Tuesday" (the translation from French) and "carnivale" meaning "farewell to the flesh," Mardi Gras is a big celebration leading up to Ash Wednesday and Lent, in the Catholic Christian church. In New Orleans, France and parts of South America, Mardi Gras is celebrated with costumes, parades, parties and feasting. In New Orleans, costumed groups called "krewes" spend months on lavish masks and outfits. Here are printable masks to celebrate. This article was written about Halloween masks which can be used for the holiday. For traditional Mardi Gras masks, scroll down a bit. Free Printable Halloween Masks: Coloring, Cut and Paste Fun
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