(NBC Today) – Tuesday marks the end of Mardi Gras and a time when folks flood the streets of New Orleans in droves for the grand finale of carnival celebrations. Fat Tuesday, which falls on March 1 this year, honors the Christian holiday beginning on Jan. 6 (Three Kings Day and the twelfth day of Christmas) and continues until the day before Ash Wednesday (and the start of Lent).

Click here to get recipes for Mardi Gras dishes including Root Beer Pulled Pork Po’boy, Barbecue Shrimp and Grits, and Jambalaya.