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[[caption-width-right:350:James Bond doesn't like to miss a good Día de Los Muertos when he's in Mexico.]]

->''"Need to stop using my reality altering ability to make every day Mardi Gras."''
-->-- #705 of ''Blog/ThingsMrWelchIsNoLongerAllowedToDoInAnRPG''

Whenever anyone goes to [[TheBigEasy New]] [[UsefulNotes/NewOrleans Orleans]], it's nearly always during [[MasqueradeBall Mardi Gras]]. If it isn't actually Mardi Gras, then the {{denouement}} will occur in a costume/parade storage warehouse. This is probably due to the writers having no sense of geography.

This goes for any city or country with a famous festival; for instance, a large number of episodes set in Mexico take place during ''Di­a de los Muertos'' or ''Cinco de Mayo''[[note]] although ''Cinco de Mayo'' is a minor holiday in Mexico itself and is not even celebrated in some regions [[/note]], a large number of episodes set in [[TorosYFlamenco Spain]] take place in Pamplona during the ''Fiesta de San Fermin'' (of "the running of the bulls" fame, complete with seemingly obligatory ThunderingHerd of ''toros''), and any episode set in Brazil or Venice wanders into Carneval. And while the trope isn't really applicable to [[BigApplesauce New York City]], there are still a disproportionate number of stories set in the city during the Feast of San Gennaro, or during the [[UsefulNotes/MacysThanksgivingDayParade Macy's Parade]], or in Times Square on New Year's Eve. San Francisco seemingly hosts an excessive number of Pride Marches; one might think that the entire LGBT community is unemployed, or that they have somehow managed to make parade-marching into a source of income. It's also usually Chinese New Year whenever a show's characters end up in Chinatown (with the characters hiding from danger under a lion train), and cities with large Irish communities -- Boston and Chicago, for example -- play host to frequent St. Patrick's Day Parades. However, it's never Bon when characters visit Japan, nor is it the 4th of July when characters visit America...

Logically, you would think this trope would not apply if the characters are visiting a given area specifically to attend its popular festival, but this is often the ''only'' time said area is ever mentioned in fiction, as if people don't have mundane lives in New Orleans.

It's worth noting that "''Mardi Gras''" is French for "Fat Tuesday," and that it originated as a Catholic tradition of feasting before the fasting period known as Lent, which starts at midnight as Fat Tuesday becomes Ash Wednesday. It did not originate in New Orleans, and the American tradition most viewers are familiar with actually originated in Mobile, Alabama. It is part of a much larger worldwide Carnival event, and Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} has a page on it [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnival here]].

Also note: Mardi Gras is a rather long festival, with parades spread out over about two months with the various New Orleans area cities (Slidell and Metairie especially). Though this doesn't excuse the trope entirely, there are 40+ parades that run through the season, so having the character(s) visit during a Mardi Gras parade is not as coincidental as it may seem--especially if they visit from January to March--as there are other parades that occur on random weekends. The Krewe of Boo, for instance, runs the week before Halloween. And then you have Southern Decadence, a ''huge'' annual gay men's festival and parade, during Labor Day weekend. Though not all parades during the year use the same purple-green-gold coloring, having that distinctive color scheme instantly sets the stage for the rest of the scene.

The meteorological equivalent might be ItsAlwaysSunnyInMiami, despite being in the single rainiest state in the US. Also see ItsAlwaysSpring. The equivalent in local landmarks (rather than events) is the EiffelTowerEffect.


[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ThePunisher's comic book ''Die Hard in the Big Easy'' takes place in a partying New Orleans.He even lampshades it.
* Naturally, one of the first English comic book stories featuring José Carioca (from Rio) involves Carnival.
* ''Comicbook/CaptainCarrotAndHisAmazingZooCrew'' features in the team's origin story several of the heroes making a trip to Mew Orleans ([[TheMultiverse Earth-C's]] version of New Orleans) during its Mardi Gras celebration, where they recruit future teammate Alley-Kat-Abra.
* When [[Comicbook/XMen The X-men's]] ComicBook/{{Gambit}} first appears, part of the story takes place at a Mardi Gras parade.
* In ''[[Comicbook/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam And Max: On the Road]]'', the duo searches for a group of ransacking pirates in New Orleans. During which, Sam points out that all citizens of New Orleans celebrate Mardi Gras year round.
* Played with in a ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'' story where Luke chases the Dalton brothers through the Chinatown of Virginia City, Nevada. It's not Chinese New Year - in fact, it's seven months away - but [[SeriousBusiness the locals insist]] that it's important to rehearse [[CrazyPrepared seven months in advance]].
* In one ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' story, Batman and secret agent King Faraday pursue Two-Face from Gotham City to New Orleans where he is planning to sell a stolen missile code to a foreign power. They arrive in the middle of Mardi Gras. {{Justified}} as Two-Face had picked this time and place for the meeting as it meant he could walk around in public and everyone would assume his face was [[NotAMask a mask]].
* In the original version of [[Recap/TintinTintinAndThePicaros Tintin and the Picaros]], the beginning of the story take place in Belgium, in the summer, even though it's Carnival season when Tintin arrives in San Theodoros. The fallacy was pointed out to Hergé, who [[AvertedTrope had it changed to be winter in all future editions]].
* Ragman: Cry of the Dead takes place in New Orleans during Mardi Gras.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio}}'', all the time they spend there just happens to perfectly time up with the countdown to Carnival.
* ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'', which is set in New Orleans, primarily takes place during the last three days of Mardi Gras. Justified, in that the event is actually vital to the plot. And besides, no one would forgive Disney if they made an animated musical set in The Big Easy and DIDN'T include a Mardi Gras sequence.
* ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven'' takes place in [[TheBigEasy New Orleans]], and as such has the obligatory Mardi Gras scene.
* When the Chipmunks in ''WesternAnimation/TheChipmunkAdventure'' travel briefly to Rio, of course it's during Carnival.
* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooOnZombieIsland''. Most of the first act takes place in New Orleans and despite a scene taking place on Bourbon Street, Mardi Gras is neither shown nor mentioned.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/{{Dracula 2000}}'', one of the main characters, Mary Van Helsing works in New Orleans. Dracula appears to her just during the Mardi Gras.
* In the movie version of ''Film/TheFugitive'', Richard Kimble evades capture in Chicago by losing himself in the St. Patrick's Day parade. Funnily enough, this scene ''wasn't'' in the original script - Kimble was going to escape the federal building just as the doors closed between him and Gerard instead - but the crew decided to include it into the story when St. Paddy came while shooting was ongoing in Chicago, thus [[MindScrew making this a Real Life occurrence of the trope]].
** Parodied in ''Mad'' Magazine when a character remarks that "St. Patrick's Day was a month ago! When these Chicagoans party, they just don't stop!"
* In ''Film/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', the League is first assembled in London, in a very wet and foggy ''July'' as a title-card makes clear; and their first assignment takes them to Venice, during Venice's signature festival, Carnival. This, of course, is the exact same holiday as Mardi Gras or Shrovetide -- the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, thus the day on which Catholics overindulge in vices and partying before beginning their Lenten fast. Ash Wednesday is 40 days before Easter, therefore Carnival ''never'' falls in late summer in the northern hemisphere. It also doesn't take into account that the Venetian Carnival was outlawed in 1797 by the King of Austria, and wasn't celebrated again until ''1979.''
* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'' has a Junkanoo ("Our local Mardi Gras") scene in the Bahamas. They generally have Junkanoo on Boxing Day (Dec 26th), and New Year's, (barring delays) but currently have smaller performances yearly for tourists.
** Averted in ''Film/LiveAndLetDie'', of all things. It's actually not Mardi Gras when Bond visits TheBigEasy. The parades of people dancing on Bourbon Street are [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jazz_funeral funeral processions]]. (which were used exactly to avert Mardi Gras given the previous usage of Junkanoo)
** ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'' has a Carnival scene in Rio.
** Of course, the one time Bond visits Siena (''Film/QuantumOfSolace''), it's during the annual ''Palio di Siena'' horse-race that completely takes over the city's central plaza. Predictably, Bond gets into a footchase and firefight with a baddie right in the middle of it.
** The opening sequence of ''{{Film/Spectre}}'' has Bond strolling through a parade in Mexico City, clad in a costume that indicates that it's Dia de los Muertos.
*** Mexico City had no tradition of a Dia de los Muertos parade, but staging one for the film was popular and [[TheRedStapler now they do host such an event each year]].
* ''Film/TheNeverEndingStoryIIIEscapeFromFantasia'' takes this to ludicrous levels. At one point, Falcor manages to blend in a Chinese New Year celebration in Chinatown. ''The next day'', all the Fantasians are blending in a crowd celebrating ''Halloween''.
* In ''Film/RobinHood1991'' (the Patrick Bergin version), the heroes need to gain access to the BigBad's castle. They use the fact that it is All Fool's Day, and no group observing the festival can be denied admission, to get in and execute their plan. On any other day of the year, presumably, the castle guards would simply reply by riddling the merry men with crossbow bolts.
* Averted in David Fincher's ''Film/TheCuriousCaseOfBenjaminButton'', which is set almost exclusively in [[TheBigEasy New Orleans]], and features no on-screen Mardi Gras.
** The movie does, however, feature Hurricane Katrina, which is apparently the other main thing the city is famous for now.
* ''Film/DejaVu'', starting Denzel Washington, is set in New Orleans. At the beginning of the movie, a ferry on the Mississippi River blows up on Mardi Gras Day.
* In ''Film/ThePelicanBrief'', starring Julia Roberts, her character gets caught in the middle of a huge Mardi Gras-like celebration on Bourbon Street, thus adding to the myth that New Orleans = Bourbon St. and there's a Mardi Gras celebration there every day.
* Subverted in the film ''Avalon'' (1990) when the family patriarch arrives in Baltimore as an immigrant on the Fourth of July and thinks that the fireworks and festivities are for him.
* ''Film/MrBeansHoliday'' is set in the end of June, but Mr Bean still manages to visit Cannes during the famous film festival. Which happens in May.
* In the film ''Film/DoubleJeopardy'', as Libby tracks her ex down in New Orleans, sure enough, there's a large, Mardi Gras style party going on in the street, allowing her to evade her pursuers.
* The Creator/LarryCohen films ''Film/GodToldMeTo'' and ''Film/ManiacCop'' are both set in New York, and both prominently feature the St. Patrick's Day parade.
* When ''Film/NowYouSeeMe'' shifts to New Orleans for Act II, sure enough...
* ''Film/JawsTheRevenge'' is set in the Bahamas, so of course, there's a Junkanoo festival, but this is justified as it is the time of the year when the festival is held.
* ''Film/ThePinkPantherStrikesAgain''. When Inspector Clouseau goes to Munich, the yearly Oktoberfest festival is going on. During the celebration, the world's greatest assassins compete to kill him.
* In ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'', it's ''Día de los Muertos'' when [[Comicbook/{{Superman}} Clark]] flies to Mexico to save a little girl from a burning building.
* In ''Film/ToWongFooThanksForEverythingJulieNewmar'', the {{drag queen}}s arrive in Snydersville just as the town is getting ready for its only big event, the annual Strawberry Social.

* ''Literature/TheseSavageBones'' takes place during the three days of Dia de los Muertos, and is set in 1875 Mexico.
* It even works for {{Fantasy Counterpart Culture}}s: in Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'', Granny, Nanny and Magrat have a stopover in a vaguely Spanish small town, and end up caught in the middle of a "running of the bulls" knock-off known only as The Thing with the Bulls. When they get to Genua, it's in time for the local equivalent of Mardi Gras, also known as Samedi Nuit Mort ("[[Series/SaturdayNightLive Saturday Night Dead]]" [[BilingualBonus in French]]).
** Similarly, in ''Discworld/TheLastContinent'', set in a FantasyCounterpartCulture of the LandDownUnder, it's not only the day of the Galah (counterpart to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sydney_Mardi_Gras Sydney Mardi Gras]]) but also of the equivalent of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henley-on-Todd_Regatta Henley-on-Todd Regatta]].
* On the edge of this trope is a party in ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'', where the conditions are just right to keep the party going endlessly.
* Talon gets run over by a Mardi Gras float actually driven by the god Bacchus in Sherrilyn Kenyon's ''Literature/TheDarkHunters'' series.
* When Tracy Whitney returns to her hometown of New Orleans after her mother's suicide in ''If Tomorrow Comes'', it's during Mardi Gras.
* Cameron and Gonzo visit New Orleans in ''Literature/GoingBovine'', but don't spend too much time celebrating. This trope is possibly justified in the possibility that the book is a hallucination - in that case, it would make sense a teenage boy would imagine himself in New Orleans doing the only thing he knows about the place.
* ''Literature/TheMoviegoer'' takes place in New Orleans and its suburbs, but the main character [[SubvertedTrope has a business conference during Mardi Gras and doesn't actually like the party that much anyway]].
* ''Literature/TheMaskedCity'', is mostly set in a high-chaos alternate world, shaped entirely by the TheoryOfNarrativeCausality and the whims of powerful {{Reality Warper}}s. It's implied that in this world it really is ''always'' Carnival in Venice.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Anthony references this trope in the Brazil episode of the travel/food show ''AnthonyBourduain: No Reservations'', and also averts it; they're four months early for Carnivale. They do stop by at a dance school, though.
** His post-Katrina New Orleans episode is a complete aversion. Tony came there not at the time of Mardi Gras, focused only on how people struggle to stay [[TooSoon afloat]], and showcased the destruction the hurricane brought. Tony, in a [[DeadpanSnarker very uncharacteristic tone]], showed how much of a big deal deal ComfortFood is during the time of tragedy.
* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' TOS episode "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Masks The Masks]]" takes place during Mardi Gras, though it occurs indoors so we don't see the actual festival.
* In the Season 1 episode "Machismo" of ''Series/CriminalMinds'', the BAU team arrive in Mexico on, you guessed it, the Day of the Dead.
** The spin-off ''Series/CriminalMindsBeyondBorders'' has episodes set in India during Holi and in Spain during the Running of the Bulls (with a Spanish journalist character calling it "[[LampshadeHanging Spain's very own Mardi Gras]]"). At least, this time there is some justification provided by the fact that the show is about a FBI unit that provides help to American citizens abroad, like troubled tourists attending a foreign festival.
* In season one of ''Series/{{Treme}}'', an entire episode is devoted to Mardi Gras 2006, the first after Hurricane Katrina. However, the season's actual climax comes on St. Joseph's Day.
* In one episode of ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', the characters go to Mexico and briefly take part in the Day of the Dead celebrations. A few episodes ago the date had been established as November 18, 16 days after the Day of the Dead.
** That's not the only time the writers got their timeline messed up...
* Averted in ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOnDeck''. The ship stops in New Orleans and Woody appears in Mardi Gras attire asking everyone if they're ready for the celebration. Cody tells him no because Mardi Gras isn't for another 3 months.
* ''Series/TheWildWildWest'''s "The Night Of The Underground Terror" ''begins'' during Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Averted in the same series' "The Night Of The Diva," which though entirely taking place in the city never even mentions the festival. (Ironically, masks and disguises are actually key to the plot in this case.)
* ''CarolineInTheCity'''s episode "Caroline and the Bullfighter", where the gang travels to Pamplona, of course, during the Running of the Bulls.
* Subverted, on all of shows, ''Series/NCISNewOrleans''. While it couldn't possibly be Mardi Gras every week (though at least one episode was in fact aired on the actual Fat Tuesday, 2/9/2016), many episodes have either begun or ended with some sort of a celebration. This was actually cited in the BackDoorPilot when Ellie Bishop asks if there's a parade every week. Pride's shrugging response more-or-less confirms this.
* ''Series/MurderSheWrote'': In "Day of the Dead", Jessica's visit to Mexico happens to coincide with ''Di­a de los Muertos'' (and, of course, [[MysteryMagnet a murder]]).
* In ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', Francis convinces his friends to take a road trip New Orleans for Mardi Gras. They get there, but the audience only hears the action as Francis lies in his motel room, sick with food poisoning, while his friends are out partying.
* Averted with ''Series/TheBigBangTheory,'' even though the show takes place in Pasadena, home of the annual Tournament of Roses Parade, it was mentioned once, when Raj recounted the time Sheldon got food poisoning from a hotdog vendor. And despite Sheldon and Leonard, judging from the fact that Pasadena City Hall can clearly be seen from their window, living a few blocks from the parade route.
* Justified in ''Series/{{Westworld}}''. The OutlawTown of Pariah has the ''Di­a de los Muertos'' going on when the protagonists first arrive there, but since all of Westworld is a giant theme park with the android hosts undergoing preprogrammed narrative loops, the Day of the Dead probably does happen all the time, or at least once every loop.

* In ''Pinball/RedAndTedsRoadShow'', going to New Orleans lands Red and Ted in the middle of a Mardi Gras parade.
* Invoked in ''[[Pinball/LightsCameraAction Lights... Camera... Action!]]'' -- the movie-within-a-game has a Scene set in Chinatown that take place in the middle of a Chinese New Year parade.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* ''Wrestling/WrestleMania 30'' took place in New Orleans and numerous TV spots for the event had Mardi Gras themed scenarios. During the show itself, this was downplayed as only Bray Wyatt had a Mardi Gras entrance. {{Wrestling/Layla}} also wore a carnival mask for her match but elsewhere there were no Mardi Gras skits or segments on the show.
* Often it's averted whenever WWE does shows from New Orleans. Aside from maybe an occasional reference on commentary.
* Used as a small amount of cheap heat when the 2010 Slammy Awards were held in New Orleans. Wrestling/LayCool referenced Mardi Gras in a promo (that didn't air for some reason).
---> '''Layla:''' Ooh Mardi Gras! That's when you throw beads at all your women, right?
---> '''Michelle:''' Don't get excited, folks. We're not ''that'' type of girl[[note]]Referring to the tradition of girls flashing their breasts in exchange for Mardi Gras beads[[/note]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Subverted in ''Danse de la Mort: Mary's Child'', a pre-made story for ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem''. The main characters either live in New Orleans or are tourists come to experience Mardi Gras, and the story takes place just as Mardi Gras is ''ending''. Just to hammer the point home, the characters are at one point persuaded to anoint their foreheads with ash ([[CaptainObvious signifying Ash Wednesday]]).
* In the module ''Goldfinger II - The Man with the Midas Touch'' for the ''TabletopGame/JamesBond007'' role-playing game, the agents find themselves in Pamplona during the Running of the Bulls.

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* Every day is [[UsefulNotes/AmericanHolidays the Fourth of July]] on [[EverytownAmerica Main Street, U.S.A.]] at [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom]]. That's why there's a parade every afternoon and fireworks every night.
* Similarly, every night was New Year's Eve at the former Pleasure Island night club district of Walt Disney World's Downtown Disney shopping area. There were fireworks every night at midnight to "ring in the new year", and cast members handed out party hats and blow horns to guests. The concept lasted for about 15 years, before it was done away with a few years before the area was closed for good.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Millennial Fair in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' will never end till you beat the final boss. Granted that in the game, it is never mentioned how long the Millennial Fair was meant to last.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/TheAdventuresOfBayouBilly'', where despite the game playing straight [[TheBigEasy many of the usual New Orleans tropes]], it doesn't take place during Mardi Gras.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/GabrielKnight: Sins of the Fathers''. Most of the game takes place in [[TheBigEasy New Orleans]] over the course of several days in June, with only passing references to Mardi Gras.
* The heroes of ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' arrive in Tolbi just in time for its annual "Colosso" festival.
* The first stage of ''VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves'' has Sly foil the plan of Octavio, an opera singer turned mob boss, to destroy buildings in Venice, Italy, to make people opera fans again on the first day of Carnaval.
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' has the zombies and the BadassCrew show up in New Orleans while the "Louisiana Festival", which has Mardi Gras colors of gold, green, and purple, is underway... in October.
* ''VideoGame/TonyHawksUnderground 2'''s level New Orleans starts off this way, replete with a dancing club, girls dressed in weird costumes, and a jester on a float.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', Zidane's party arrives in Lindblum just in time for the Festival of the Hunt, where various animals (notably a giant warthog-like creature called a Zaghnol) are let loose in the streets for contestants to hunt. By taking down the Zaghnol, you all but guarantee that Zidane will win the competition (and 5000 gil).
** Or you can hang back and be a spectator instead, thus letting your LadyOfWar friend win the competition and setting up the means of getting a nice DiscOneNuke in the process...
* One of Agent 47's missions in ''VideoGame/HitmanBloodMoney'' is to prevent a politician from being assassinated while taking part in the New Orleans Mardi Gras parade. Problem is, the title card explicitly states that the date for the mission is October 24.
** In addition, there isn't just one "Mardi Gras Parade". There's over 40.
* The four parts of ''VideoGame/GrimFandango'' take place on four consecutive Days of the Dead.
* ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge''. "Son, it's always Mardi Gras on Booty Island."
* ''VideoGame/{{Guacamelee}}'' takes place during Dia de los Muerte, and apparently ''every'' day is Dia de los Muerte in the World of the Dead.
* ''VideoGame/HowToSurvive2'': One holiday mission involves a group of survivors who decided to throw a big Mardi Gras party somewhere in Southeast America. [[TooDumbToLive ''In the middle of a'']] ZombieApocalypse. Yep, almost everyone died.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''Animation/{{Pucca}}'': The episode set in Brazil took place during Carnaval.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' episode "When Mice Were Men", the Rangers travel to [[TorosYFlamenco Spain]]; to a place named "Tramplonia", to be more precise. The Running of the Bulls is not only inevitable in this setting, but even a key element in the plot.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', the bad guys tail Jackie to [[TorosYFlamenco Pamplona, Spain]], and end up getting caught up in the Running of the Bulls. In another episode, Jackie has to travel to Ireland on St. Patrick's Day. Also, given the show's setting in San Francisco and the main protagonist's Chinese origins it comes as no surprise that several episodes take place at Chinese New Year (including one season finale in China itself).
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Chief Wiggum and "Skinny Boy" (Principal Skinner), on their spinoff crime drama set in TheBigEasy, [[FailedASpotCheck do not realize it is Mardi Gras]].
-->'''Wiggum:''' There any parties going on today?
-->'''Skinner:''' It's not really a party town, chief. Though if I remember correctly, the locals do occasionally hold a function called...smarty...something.
** The episode where the Simpsons visit Brazil puts them in the middle of the Carnaval.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' has an episode, "Home Adrone", which ends up with a drone being sold to the Chinese mafia. Stan and Steve has to get it back, and find it's been turned into a dragon float for Chinese New Year.
* In ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuestTheRealAdventures'', Ezekiel Rage's StartOfDarkness happened in what seems to be Mexico during (you guessed it) Día de los Muertos.
* WesternAnimation/{{Jem}} and the Holograms do visit New Orleans during Mardi Gras, but they are actually there to perform in a parade.
* ''Film/AceVentura: Pet Detective. The Series'': In "The Bull Market", a bull is stolen in Mexico and shipped to Pamplona, Spain. During the Running of the Bulls, of course.
* A ''WesternAnimation/LaffALympics'' event takes place in New Orleans during Mardi Gras.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/LoonaticsUnleashed'' had the heroes in Chinatown to pick up dinner, and it was of course during a full-on Chinese New Year parade.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' had them in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, but they didn't get the chance to enjoy it since they ended up [[BusmansHoliday having to catch a powerful spirit while they were there]]. By the time he's banished, Mardi Gras is over.
* In an episode of the cartoon based on ''ComicBook/SwampThing'' the plant beast is captured by a scientist whose lab happens to be in New Orleans. Mardi Gras is being celebrated while Swamp Thing's friends come to find him, which allows the villains to move about unnoticed.
* ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' has a season four episode where Rogue and Gambit go to [[TheBigEasy New Orleans]], and it just happens to be during Mardi Gras.
* WesternAnimation/ScoobyDoo and the gang solve a mystery in Rio de Janiero during Carnival in "Jeepers, It's The Jaguaro."
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheDickTracyShow'', Joe Jitsu is in New Orleans during Mardi Gras tracking Pruneface and Itchy in "The Mardi Gras Grab."
* Bugs Bunny is in New Orleans sending Playboy Penguin off on the S.S. Admiral Byrd (under the assumption it's going to Antarctica--it's going to Brooklyn) and says he wants to stay around for "Madri Grass." From the [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes cartoon]] "8-Ball Bunny."

[[folder:Real Life]]
* In Brazil, is frequently joked that in the state of Bahia, Carnival lasts all year long.
* This trope exists in the Netherlands as well, particularly for the southern provinces. People from the northern provinces celebrate "carnaval" ''maybe'' one day a year. In the south, it can last ''weeks'', leading to a lot of jokes about how carnaval never ends south of the great rivers. Some people in the southernmost province, Limburg, actually do tend to spend all year preparing for the yearly carnaval.
** Stand-up comedian Martine Bijl wrote a song about this (''"Limburgs Klaaglied"'': "Limburger Lament"). It's about a girl whose mother is from the nothernmost province (Fryslân), while they both live in Limburg with her Limburger father, trying to understand why people are so excited about carnaval.
** It's always Queensday, too.
* Visiting Spain? According to various media, you'll somehow wander into the running of the bulls in Pamplona.
* If the media is to be believed, a small town in Virginia named Chincoteague doesn't even EXIST save for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pony_Penning Pony Penning]] Days. We never see what happens there the rest of the year.
* UsefulNotes/{{Indianapolis}} gets this bad. The only time the city is ever mentioned is during the Indy 500 race. The Indianapolis Colts get a fair amount of coverage, especially the last decade.
** To a lesser extent, Daytona, FL, is forever running the Daytona 500.
* The Jordan's Furniture store in Natick, Massachusetts is [[TheBigEasy New Orleans]]-themed, and has a large animatronic multimedia Mardi Gras about every hour.
* New Orleans itself lives on this trope. They know what they're known for and run with it like there's no end. Even during Lent, stores display beads, masks, and anything else they can get away with. If New York City is the city that never sleeps, New Orleans is the city that never stops partying. And they love that.
* Quick, name something to do in Calgary that's NOT the Calgary Stampede.
** Calgary comics expo?