When is (was) Mardi Gras?

Carnival refers to the season, which begins on the 12th night after Christmas (Jan. 6) and ends the day before Ash Wednesday.

Mardi Gras, which is French for Fat Tuesday, always falls 46 days before Easter. (Some use a formula that says it is the day before Lent, which begins 40 days before Easter, excluding Sundays.)

The Roman Catholic Church uses a formula to determine the date of Easter. It falls on the first Sunday after the Paschal full moon, which does not necessarily coincide with an astronomical full moon.

If the Paschal full moon falls on a Sunday, Easter is the following Sunday. The earliest Easter is March 23 and the latest is April 25.

(Do not attempt to work this formula on a calculator. Remainders come out as a decimal number. The formula is old and requires old-time long division with pencil and paper and a whole number for the remainder.)

YearDate
1947 Tuesday, February 18
1948 Tuesday, February 10
1949 Tuesday, March 1
1950 Tuesday, February 21
1951 Tuesday, February 6
1952 Tuesday, February 26
1953 Tuesday, February 17
1954 Tuesday, March 2
1955 Tuesday, February 22
1956 Tuesday, February 14
1957 Tuesday, March 5
1958 Tuesday, February 18
1959 Tuesday, February 10
1960 Tuesday, March 1
1961 Tuesday, February 14
1962 Tuesday, March 6
1963 Tuesday, February 26
1964 Tuesday, February 11
1965 Tuesday, March 2
1966 Tuesday, February 22
1967 Tuesday, February 7
1968 Tuesday, February 27
1969 Tuesday, February 18
1970 Tuesday, February 10
1971 Tuesday, February 23
1972 Tuesday, February 15
1973 Tuesday, March 6
1974 Tuesday, February 26
1975 Tuesday, February 11
1976 Tuesday, March 2
1977 Tuesday, February 22
1978 Tuesday, February 7
1979 Tuesday, February 27
1980 Tuesday, February 19
1981 Tuesday, March 3
1982 Tuesday, February 23
1983 Tuesday, February 15
1984 Tuesday, March 6
1985 Tuesday, February 19
1986 Tuesday, February 11
1987 Tuesday, March 3
1988 Tuesday, February 16
1989 Tuesday, February 7
1990 Tuesday, February 27
1991 Tuesday, February 12
1992 Tuesday, March 3
1993 Tuesday, February 23
1994 Tuesday, February 15
1995 Tuesday, February 28
1996 Tuesday, February 20
1997 Tuesday, February 11
1998 Tuesday, February 24
1999 Tuesday, February 16
2000 Tuesday, March 7
2001 Tuesday, February 27
2002 Tuesday, February 12
2003 Tuesday, March 4
2004 Tuesday, February 24
2005 Tuesday, February 8
2006 Tuesday, February 28
2007 Tuesday, February 20
2008 Tuesday, February 5
2009 Tuesday, February 24
2010 Tuesday, February 16
2011 Tuesday, March 8
2012 Tuesday, February 21
2013 Tuesday, February 12
2014 Tuesday, March 4
2015 Tuesday, February 17
2016 Tuesday, February 9
2017 Tuesday, February 28
2018 Tuesday, February 13
2019 Tuesday, March 5
2020 Tuesday, February 25
2021 Tuesday, February 16
2022 Tuesday, March 1
2023 Tuesday, February 21
2024 Tuesday, February 13
2025 Tuesday, March 4
2026 Tuesday, February 17
2027 Tuesday, February 9
2028 Tuesday, February 29
2029 Tuesday, February 13
2030 Tuesday, March 5
2031 Tuesday, February 25
2032 Tuesday, February 10
2033 Tuesday, March 1
2034 Tuesday, February 21
2035 Tuesday, February 6
2036 Tuesday, February 26
2037 Tuesday, February 17
2038 Tuesday, March 9
2039 Tuesday, February 22
2040 Tuesday, February 14
2041 Tuesday, March 5
2042 Tuesday, February 18
2043 Tuesday, February 10
2044 Tuesday, March 1
2045 Tuesday, February 21
2046 Tuesday, February 6
2047 Tuesday, February 26
2048 Tuesday, February 18
2049 Tuesday, March 2
2050 Tuesday, February 22