Mardi Gras is an international celebration that marks the beginning of the penitential season of Lent. Often called Fat Tuesday or Carnival, Mardi Gras is a time to party, celebrate, and indulge before the Lenten season.
Despite the traditional parades, costumes, and outlandish revelry, there have been plenty of unfortunate things that happened on Mardi Gras. Fat Tuesday crimes and Mardi Gras tragedies have become more prevalent as crowds have grown and celebrations have become wilder and wilder each year. Because of the holiday's emphasis on the consumption of alcohol and deliberate debauchery, it is inevitable that some participants get caught up in unfortunate incidents and even grave misfortune.