When is Mardi Gras

When is Mardi Gras? Check dates for future seasons.

(MardiGras.com)

In 2016, Mardi Gras falls on Feb. 9 -- the earliest it will be until 2027, when it falls on that date again.

If this year's early Fat Tuesday left you with too little time to make a great costume, plan parade parties or map out your king cake eating strategy, there is always next year -- and the year after that.

It's never too early to start planning for Carnival season, which always begins on Jan. 6, Epiphany. The season varies in length, however, with date of Mardi Gras (which is French for Fat Tuesday) varying from year to year.

The date is related to Christian churches' movable date for Easter. Learn how these dates are determined each year.

The following are the dates of the next 10 Mardi Gras celebrations:

  • 2017 - Feb. 28

Generally, most New Orleans area parades start in earnest two Fridays (11 days) before Fat Tuesday.

For more years, check out the New Orleans Public Library, which maintains a list of Mardi Gras from 1947 through 2050. If you're even more of a long-range planner, Time and Date.com tracks the date of Mardi Gras, also called Shrove Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday), from 1777 through 2699.

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Michael Kleinschrodt contributed to this report.