->''"705. Need to stop using my reality altering ability to make every day Mardi Gras."''
-->-- '''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'', 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 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, 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.
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!!Examples:

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[[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/{{X-men}} 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]].
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[[folder:Film]]
* In ''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]].
* 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.
* ''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.
* ''Film/TheNeverendingStory 3: Escape From Fantasia'' 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''.
* Averted in David Fincher's ''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 ''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.
** Possibly justified, in that Bourbon Street is very popular among tourists who seem to think that every day ''is'' Mardi Gras. Local businesses tend to cater to their assumptions by selling beads, Venetian masks, drinks, etc. Anyone who wandered onto Bourbon street during a weekend night would probably assume there was some kind of celebration going on.
* 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 ''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 ''God Told Me To'' and ''Film/ManiacCop'' are both set in New York, and both prominently feature the St. Patrick's Day parade.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio}}'', all the time they spend there just happens to perfectly time up with the countdown to Carnival.
* When ''Film/NowYouSeeMe'' shifts to New Orleans for Act II, sure enough...
* ''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.
* Averted in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooOnZombieIsland''. There isn't a single mention of Mardi Gras in the entire film.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* 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 ("[[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 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]].
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[[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.
* 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/TheSarahConnorChronicles'', 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.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* In ''Pinball/RedAndTedsRoadShow'', going to New Orleans lands Red and Ted in the middle of a Mardi Gras parade.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Subverted in ''Danse de la Mort: Mary's Child'', a pre-made story for ''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.
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* The Millennial Fair in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' will never end till you beat the final boss.
* 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" is underway.
** Which, it should be noted, has Mardi Gras colors of gold, green, and purple, and is in October.
* 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...
* In ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}: Blood Money'', one of 47's missions 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 ''GrimFandango'' take place on four consecutive Days of the Dead.
* ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland2LeChucksRevenge''. "Son, it's always Mardi Gras on Booty Island."
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven'' takes place in [[TheBigEasy New Orleans]], and as such has the obligatory Mardi Gras scene.
* 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 Carnivale.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men Evolution}}'' has a season four episode where Rogue and Gambit go to [[TheBigEasy New Orleans]], and it just happens to be during Mardi Gras.
* ''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.
* ''{{Pucca}}'': The episode set in Brazil took place during Carnaval.
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[[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.
** Standup 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.
* Every day is [[UsefulNotes/AmericanHolidays the Fourth of July]] on [[EverytownAmerica Main Street, U.S.A.]] at [[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.
* 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.
* 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.
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