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Mardi Gras Future Dates

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Mardi Gras Future Dates

A Cute Mardi Gras Masker in Downtown New Orleans

Photo © N. A. Nungesser

Carnival, the proper name for the season, always starts on Twelfth Night which is always January 6th. It always ends at midnight on Mardi Gras when Lent begins. But the date of Mardi Gras changes each year. It's related to the timing of Easter.

Here’s the math: Easter is the first Sunday after the first full moon that comes after the spring equinox. It’s always between March 23 and April 25. Ash Wednesday is 46 days before Easter and Mardi Gras is always the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras or "Fat Tuesday" can fall on any Tuesday between February 3 and March 9.

It’s a lot easier just to check a reference list or Google the date.

Here’s a list of Mardi Gras dates:

  • March 8, 2011
  • February 21, 2012
  • February 12, 2013
  • March 4, 2014
  • February 17, 2015
  • February 9, 2016
  • February 28, 2017
  • February 13, 2018
  • March 5, 2019
  • February 25, 2020

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