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Mardi Gras in America: Older Adults in Long-Term Care Have a Ball (Video 1:57)
matter where they live, older adults in cities across America love participating annually in the popular
celebration of Mardi Gras. That wonderful day known also as “Fat
Tuesday” will fall on the day before the Christian
season of Lent starts. Older adults celebrating this world-famous Carnival
season often have parties and small parades. In New Orleans, street parades
attracting thousands of local residents and curious tourists occur daily.
Parades are held during the day and at night.
up in New Orleans, I loved this magical season. Mardi Gras parades created
wonderful memories for me. The excitement of swimming in an ocean of festivity,
the buoyancy from living fantastic fantasies thrilled my senses. They connected
me with the same wave of wonderment flowing through every child who ever lived
on this planet.
store my New Orleans memories in a marvelous, mental, treasure chest painted
with purple, green, and gold brush strokes, the official colors of Mardi Gras.
All grown up, I still smile when I look inside. No doubt, many older adults
will be smiling during Mardi Gras season this year and in the future.
Upcoming Mardi Gras Dates:
Mardi Gras can fall on any
Tuesday between February 3 and March 9.
These are upcoming Mardi Gras dates. Keep in mind that Mardi Gras isn't just one day. It's a season starting on January 6.
February 28, 2017
February 13, 2018
March 5, 2019
February 25, 2020
February 16, 2021
March 1, 2022
February 21, 2023
February 13, 2024
March 4, 2025
February 17, 2026
February 9, 2027
the years, I have featured older adults celebrating in various cities. Join
residents in this Mardi Gras celebration at McMahon Tomlinson Nursing Center in
Lawton, Oklahoma. Let’s hear it for Oklahoma! They had a ball with a parade, dancing, and great music from the 77th
Army Band. The parade has started! Have some punch! As they say in New Orleans
(and sometimes in Oklahoma), “Laissez
le bon temps rouler! Let the good times roll!”