Mardi Gras Act of 1875

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In 1875, the Louisiana State Legislature declared Mardi Gras a legal holiday in the state of Louisiana.[1] The holiday is observed on the day before Ash Wednesday (also known as Fat Tuesday). [2][3][4]

Establishing the state holiday made it possible for people to celebrate Mardi Gras legally, including suspending laws against concealing one's identity with a mask for the day. Critics maintain that this holiday has facilitated anonymity which has led to unabashed drunkenness, drug abuse, violence against individuals and businesses, and other criminal activity.


  1. ^ "Topic Guide to Mardi Gras: Significant Dates". LSU Libraries. Louisiana State University. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  2. ^ "DOA 2020 Holidays". Louisiana Department of Administration. State of Louisiana. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  3. ^ "Louisiana State Holidays". Employment Law Handbook. The Lunt Group.
  4. ^ Sparks, Randy (2007-05-08). "American Sodom: New Orleans Faces Its Critics and an Uncertain Future". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)