Dating back to the early 1800’s, this festival with Catholic roots is New Orleans’ largest festival of the year. Mardi Gras, meaning “Fat Tuesday” in french, is the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, kicking off the 40 day journey of Lent for the Catholic religion. Mardi Gras is a Louisiana state holiday, and New Orleans celebrates it in extreme grandeur with it’s feasts, parties, floats and parades.
Thousands of tourists pour into the city for Mardi Gras, doubling New Orleans’ population, celebrating it up to two weeks before Mardi Gras day which falls on any Tuesday between February 3rd and March 9th. YWAM New Orleans hosts a Mardi Gras outreach for a week leading up to the final day, Fat Tuesday. This outreach being primarily evangelistic, we take advantage of the increasing city population to share the Gospel on the streets in the middle of the festivities with the travelers, tourists, and locals we meet.
If you would like to join us for a week on a Mardi Gras Outreach, please call or email us.