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New Orleans, United States
One of the most famous celebrations of Mardi Gras is in the United States, in New Orleans, Louisiana. French settlers brought the Catholic custom with them in the 1700s, but all residents of the area adopted it and made it their own. A visitor to the city wrote in 1835, "Shrove Tuesday is a day to be remembered by strangers in New Orleans, for that is the day for fun, frolic, and comic masquerading." Parades, masked balls, feasting and carousing fill the city in the days leading up to Mardi Gras itself.

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