2. Mardi Gras Began Back in 1582
It all started with Pope Gregory XIII, who added this Christian holiday to his calender in 1582 (the 12 month Gregorian calendar we still use today). He realized his followers needed a day to blow off some steam before cleaning up their act for Lent. Like with many holidays, elements of Pagan rituals and Roman traditions were blurred in there too, but let’s all raise a glass to the Pope who officially got the party started!