Annual Cincinnati Mardi Gras Celebration 

The Annual Cincinnati Mardi Gras Celebration is the nationally known “party with a purpose”. Every February The STAR Chapter Foundation brings together over 1000 patrons from all over the country to participate in a week of activities. This signature event serves as the primary fundraiser towards achieving the mission of providing scholarships for local students.

The first American Mardi Gras took place on March 3, 1699, when French explorers Pierre Le Moyne d’Iberville and Sieur de Bienville landed near present-day New Orleans, Louisiana.

They held a small celebration and dubbed their landing spot Point du Mardi Gras..
In the decades that followed, New Orleans and other French settlements began marking the holiday with street parties, masked balls and lavish dinners. On Mardi Gras in 1827, a group of students donned colorful costumes and danced through the streets of New Orleans, emulating the revelry they’d observed while visiting Paris. Ten years later, the first recorded New Orleans Mardi Gras parade took place, a tradition that continues to this day.

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