Mardi-Gras is the one day that believers have to not behave before the Season of Lent. Because after 40 days, Easter comes and you want to be purified for the Holiest of Days. It is the 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday, not including Sundays, because the first day of the week is never a day to fast. So, the world’s Christians debauch themselves one last time.
But … here in Brazil, Mardi-Gras is stretched to several weeks. It begins about 2 weeks before and lasts until the last weekend after Ash Wednesday. To celebrate this dubious holiday, the locals will dress up provocatively, drink to access and dance in the streets.
I have never been to Mardi-Gras in New Orleans, but I have a feeling it would be much more tamed than what I witnessed in Sao Paulo. I will post several pics of what I encountered, but be aware, I could have taken many more that were greatly more bizarre, but I did not want the pictures on my phone. And here are a few videos.