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Mardi Gras
Written by Mary Skrenes

Synopsis:
Jem and the Holograms are invited to perform at the Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans, where they will get to wear jewelries that haven't been seen since 1814. An old mysterious lady warns Shana to be aware of zombies on Phat Tuesday. Shana later finds out that the main reason Jem and the Holograms were invited is that she resembles a legendary singer.

Characters:
Jem and the Holograms, The Misfits, Rio, Anthony (pictured only), Pierre L'arquette detective, Zomboys (Neco, Rag Bag), Maurice detective, Mademoiselle Yvette, Mama Lou, Leon electrician, Lily LaRose, Jean Lafitte pirate.

Focus on:
Shana.

Locations & vehicles:
New Orleans, Dixie Lady paddle steamer, horse carriage, bourbon street in New Orleans, Maison Fleur in New Orleans, trolley on Saint Charles street, taxi, hearse, Waterloo cemetery in New Orleans.

Songs:
"Let Me Take You To The Mardi Gras" Jem and the Holograms
"Surprise! Surprise!" The Misfits
"Everybody Wears A Mask" Jem and the Holograms

Instrumentals:
"Bad Influence" by Jem and the Holograms/The Misfits.

Genres:
Mystery, Adventure, Humor, Fantasy, Romance, Message.

Original airdate:
4 November 1987.

Releases:
Released on DVD.

International:
Italy: Aired on TV. The episode title was "Un Carnevale A New Orleans" (A Carnival in New Orleans).
France: Aired on TV. Released on DVD. The episode title was "Mardi Gras" (Mardi Gras).
UK: Aired on TV.

Trivia:
It's Phat tuesday, a holiday.

Shana finds out that she very much resembles the legendary singer Lily LaRose.

Shana is very faithful to Anthony, she has Anthony's picture in a locket, and she refuses to let Pierre kiss her hand.

The song "Surprise! Surprise!" by The Misfits is re-used. Previously appeared in the episode "Culture Clash".

This was the writer Mary Skrenes' last Jem episode, and she left writing animation after this episode.

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