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Mardi Gras and Carnival
Mardi Gras and Carnival(14 Photos)
A photo slideshow of the celebration of Mardi Gras.
History of Mardi Gras
History of Mardi GrasVideo Clip (3:29)
Video Clip (3:29)
Find out more about the history of Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday, and how the holiday came to be synonymous with New Orleans.
Cajun Foods: Poboys
Cajun Foods: PoboysVideo Clip (5:16)
Video Clip (5:16)
Get the lowdown on the delectable poboy sandwich, a Louisiana staple.
Mardi Gras Parade Krewes
Mardi Gras Parade KrewesVideo Clip (2:05)
Video Clip (2:05)
In this video clip, learn about Mardi Gras and the Mardi Gras parade Krewes. Parade Krewes are groups of people that go on floats and who have a section in the parade. Also learn about the history of the Mardi Gras parade.
Hurricane KatrinaVideo Clip (2:31)
Video Clip (2:31)
This clip from "History Uncut" provides aerial video of New Orleans, taken from a news helicopter, shortly after Hurricane Katrina. This provides a unique perspective of the devastation that Katrina wreaked on the city.
Traditional Mardi Gras King Cake
Traditional Mardi Gras King CakeVideo Clip (3:39)
Video Clip (3:39)
In this Holiday Foods video clip, we learn about what people traditionally eat during Mardi Gras. The food that is most associated with Mardi Gras is King Cake. Famous Fat Dave talks about the history of Mardi Gras and its traditions.
New Orleans: Wood Screw Pumps
New Orleans: Wood Screw PumpsVideo Clip (2:36)
Video Clip (2:36)
Find out how the city of New Orleans uses wood screw pumps to displace 1,000 cubic feet of water per second, keeping the city dry.
Mardi Gras Origins
Mardi Gras OriginsVideo Clip (1:21)
Video Clip (1:21)
In this video clip, learn about Mardi Gras and the history behind it. Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, comes from different Pagan traditions. It was later made into a Christian holiday.
New OrleansVideo Clip (1:58)
Video Clip (1:58)
4 years after Hurrican Katrina, many buildings and streets in the city of New Orleans remain abandoned. From houses to basketball courts, see nature's devastating effects in this Life After People video.
Louisiana Purchase Doubles U.S.
Louisiana Purchase Doubles U.S.Video Clip (1:24)
Video Clip (1:24)
Thomas Jefferson pulls off the land deal of the millennium when he buys 800,000 square miles from the French, stretching from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains
New Orleans' Above-Ground Cemetery
New Orleans' Above-Ground CemeteryVideo Clip (2:47)
Video Clip (2:47)
In 1718 French settlers living in New Orleans grappled with the problem of floating corpses. In 1789 the Saint Louis Cemetery was created with above-ground tombs. Today it's both a final resting place and a unique tourist destination.
Fat Tuesday on Bourbon Street
Fat Tuesday on Bourbon StreetVideo Clip (1:41)
Video Clip (1:41)
In this video clip, learn about Mardi Gras and how it is today. Today, it is a day devoted purely to celebration. The people come to Bourbon Street dressed in all types of costumes and drink until their hearts are content.
Andrew Jackson Defends New Orleans in War of 1812
Andrew Jackson Defends New Orleans in War of 1812Video Clip (3:41)
Video Clip (3:41)
Katrina Rebuild: New Orleans
Katrina Rebuild: New OrleansVideo Clip (1:29)
Video Clip (1:29)
Mike and Frank venture through New Orleans where they stop to talk to individuals working to help rebuild the Ninth Ward.
New Orleans Po'boy
New Orleans Po'boyVideo Clip (3:53)
Video Clip (3:53)
Food is king in New Orleans, Louisiana but nothing says Big Easy like the city's signature po'boy.
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