During the residential course last week, I was playing Trivial Pursuit with some of my students one evening. There were several of us playing, and we were in teams of three. The question came up, "What is the English equivalent of Mardi Gras?"
The following discussion ensued between the members of the team:
"Oh, that's in New Orleans, isn't it?"
"Yes, and San Francisco I think. Isn't it that gay festival?"
"Oh yes, that's right, so the English equivalent must be Gay Pride."
"Of course - that's our answer, then."
And sure enough, that was their final answer. The English equivalent of Mardi Gras is Gay Pride.
At least the students had the grace to look slightly abashed when they saw that the answer on the card was "Shrove Tuesday".