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10 Mardi Gras facts you probably didn’t know

Beads, floats and partying in the street — most people associate this much with New Orleans’ Mardi Gras, but here are 10 facts that aren’t as well-known about the annual celebration, which kicked off today — Fat Tuesday. Mardi Gras’ origins aren’t in New Orleans  The holiday was actually first celebrated in the United States in Mobile, Alabama, in 1703. New Orleans’ iteration didn’t even start until 1718. There’s holiday royalty Beginning with actor Danny Kaye in 1969, part of New Orleans’ Mardi Gras tradition has been to crown a national celebrity the King of Bacchus. This year, the king is singer Robin Thicke. Previous kings have been Hulk Hogan, Will Ferrell, Michael Keaton, Nicolas Cage, Billy Crystal and Wil ...