Is Mardi Gras an Official Holiday?

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Mardi Gras is an official public holiday in certain places in the United States and across the globe. It is an official state holiday in Louisiana, and Brazil also has made the Carnival celebration an official public holiday.

The holiday tends to be officially recognized only in places that have a strong tradition of celebrating the occasion, including Mobile, Alabama, which hosted the first Mardi Gras parade in the U.S. Louisiana has recognized Mardi Gras as an official public holiday since 1875, when then-Governor Warmoth signed the Mardi Gras Act into law, officially designating the occasion as a state holiday.