Mardi Gras is a blast, but its origins and even its current celebrations are wrapped in a bit of mystery—masks, anyone? While some of the traditions are super famous, like king cake, beads, jazz and s in New Orleans, there’s a lot about Mardi Gras you may not know! These Mardi Gras trivia questions and answers will impress your pals and enlighten you on some of the fun and history behind Fat Tuesday.
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Mardi Gras Trivia Questions and Answers
Question: What is the day before Mardi Gras called?
Answer: Lundi Gras
Question: What day comes after Mardi Gras?
Answer: Ash Wednesday
Question: Where was the first known carnival celebration?
Answer: Nice, France
Question: What famous father and son were each crowned King Bacchus at New Orleans Mardi Gras?
Answer: Alan Thicke and Robin Thicke
Question: When was the earliest known carnival celebration?
Question: What is the signature Mardi Gras dessert?
Answer: King cake
Question: What is traditionally hidden inside a king cake?
Answer: A plastic baby
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Question: Before the COVID-19 pandemic, when was the most recent cancellation of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras s?
Question: A man dressed as whom was credited with popularizing throwing beads during Mardi Gras?
Answer: Santa Claus
Question: What are the groups that organize New Orleans Mardi Gras s called?
Question: What was the first all-female New Orleans Mardi Gras krewe?
Answer: The Krewe of Venus
Question: Bacchus is the Roman god of what?
Question: What states recognize Fat Tuesday as a holiday?
Answer: Louisiana, Florida and Alabama
Question: What is Mardi Gras called in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada?
Answer: Shrove Tuesday
Question: What is the most popular food for Shrove Tuesday?
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Question: How many king cakes are sold during an average carnival season?
Question: What time does New Orleans law require masks to be removed on Mardi Gras?
Answer: 6 p.m.
Question: How many pounds of beads are thrown during an average New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration?
Answer: 25 million
Question: What is the most popular Mardi Gras saying?
Answer: “Laissez les bon temps rouler.”
Question: What song is the anthem of Mardi Gras in New Orleans?
Answer: “If I Cease to Love”
Question: What does purple signify during Mardi Gras?
Question: What does green signify during Mardi Gras?
Question: What does gold signify during Mardi Gras?
Question: What foreign ruler was honored as the King of Carnival?
Answer: Russian Grand Duke Alexis Romanoff
Question: When was the first known New Orleans Mardi Gras ?
Question: When were floats first introduced to New Orleans Mardi Gras s?
Question: On average, how many people typically visit New Orleans for Mardi Gras every year?
Answer: 1.4 million
Question: What is the oldest African American krewe in New Orleans?
Answer: The Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club (Krewe of Zulu)
Question: How many times have Mardi Gras s been canceled in New Orleans?
Question: New Orleans canceled Mardi Gras s in the 1870s due to the outbreak of what disease?
Answer: Yellow fever
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Question: Mardi Gras beads used to be made of what material?
Question: What is the traditional phrase used to request beads during Mardi Gras?
Answer: “Throw me something, mister!”
Question: When did Louisiana declare Fat Tuesday a state holiday?
Question: The Krewe of Zulu tosses what coveted Mardi Gras trinket during their New Orleans each year?
Answer: A golden coconut
Question: Who is credited with coming up with the official Mardi Gras colors and anthem?
Answer: The Krewe of Rex
Question: What day kicks off carnival celebrations each year?
Answer: The Epiphany (Three Kings Day)
Question: “Carnival” comes from the Latin phrase “carne vale,” which means what?
Answer: “Farewell to meat”
Question: Where was the first Mardi Gras in the United States?
Answer: Mobile, Alabama
Question: Which on-screen Batman was King Bacchus?
Answer: Michael Keaton
Question: Which Italian city is famous for its carnival celebrations?
Question: Which all-female krewe is named after the daughters of Zeus?
Answer: The Krewe of Muses
Question: “If I Cease to Love” was featured in what musical?
Question: Which krewe has a Star Wars theme?
Answer: The Krewe of Chewbacchus
Question: Which krewe’s was the first to roll in New Orleans’ first Mardi Gras after Hurricane Katrina?
Answer: Krewe du Vieux
Question: Which krewe opted to stop their s rather than racially integrate their ranks?
Answer: The Kreme of Comus
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Question: In which year did Mardi Gras move its New Orleans celebration dates to not interfere with the Super Bowl?
Question: Mardi Gras may have links to what Roman celebrations?
Answer: Lupercalia and Saturnalia
Question: King cake is typically made with what sort of dough?
Question: Special coins thrown during Mardi Gras s are called what?
Question: The average float rider in New Orleans spends how much for their costume, beads and other souvenirs for Mardi Gras?
Question: The success of a Mardi Gras is measured in what?
Question: Early Mardi Gras celebrations in Mobile, Alabama, featured what kind of animal?
Question: Ivrea, Italy, marks Mardi Gras celebrations with a battle of which famous fruit?
Question: Germany starts their carnival season at what time on what day?
Answer: Nov. 11 at 11:11 a.m.
Question: The Krewe of Tucks famously rides in a float shaped like what?
Answer: A toilet bowl
Question: Germany traditionally marks which day before post-carnival fasting as “Greasy?”
Question: If you get the baby in your slice of king cake at a Mardi Gras party, you traditionally have to what?
Answer: Buy next year’s cake or host next year’s party
Question: Which NFL quarterback served as King Bacchus in New Orleans Mardi Gras?
Answer: Drew Brees
Question: When was Mardi Gras first declared a holiday in general?
Question: After Mardi Gras s were canceled for 2021 in New Orleans, what did krewes decorate instead of floats?
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