Mardi Gras Act of 1875
In 1875, the Louisiana State Legislature declared Mardi Gras a legal holiday in the state of Louisiana. The holiday is observed on the day before Ash Wednesday (also known as Fat Tuesday). 
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.
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- "DOA 2020 Holidays". Louisiana Department of Administration. State of Louisiana. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
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