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Everyone Loves Mardi Gras Porn, Except Those Celebrating Mardi Gras

Both Mardi Gras and Carnival, born of Catholic traditions, pique the sexual interest of porn viewers

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Mar 04, 2017 at 9:55 AM ET

Carnival and Mardi Gras, two of the world’s most well-known festivals worldwide, have a lot in common. They both are marked by debaucherous celebrations, have Catholic underpinnings, and, apparently and perhaps unsurprisingly, serve as a fantasy for people searching the internet for pornography.

According to an analysis from the press-loving, data-crunching team at Pornhub (the same people who taught us Father’s Day has lots of people looking for videos containing “daddy” content) these two “sexy parties” generate plenty of user interest on the site. “Mardi Gras,” which received more search hits than “Carnival,” skyrocketed 467 percent in searches from daily averages on Tuesday, the day the celebrations began.

The days leading up to and following these celebrations are also marked by a higher-than-average number of related searches. According to Pornhub, the most common searches for Mardi Gras include “Mardi Gras flashing” and “Mardi Gras public sex.” The most popular Carnival searches include “Brazilian Carnival orgy.”

Another trend Pornhub noted in its data analysis is that the number of viewers with IP addresses from these cities drop significantly during the days of the celebrations. In New Orleans, web traffic to the site dipped 8 percent below average on the 26th and 28th. In Rio, traffic was the most affected on the 27th, when it dropped 20 percent.

After the festivities ended, the habits of Pornhub visitors in these areas returned to normal — and then some, in the case of New Orleans viewers. While it’s hard to truly say why there was a 12 percent spike observed on Wednesday, Pornhub theorized it could have something to do with the apparent scores of people giving up porn for Lent looking to get in their last licks before having to wait until Easter.