This year Mardi Gras is celebrated on Tuesday, Feb 28th in New Orleans. You could have your students find out why a French celebration is so popular in an American city. The day is also known as Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day, so you could talk about (over-)eating, fasting or how to make pancakes. has updated the Mardi Gras Carnival page and other materials can be found in the Calendar (see Ash Wednesday for fasting).