Country music isn't all cheating and pickup trucks. It turns out, if you listen closely, country stars love to reference something else: Mardi Gras!

Who could blame them? The day is full of beads and fun and food and partying down the streets of New Orleans. It is also a celebration that takes place the day before Ash Wednesday, where lent begins.

Although we don't get to celebrate much up here in the Midwest, we can live vicariously through those in Louisiana by way of some great country songs.

In honor of Fat Tuesday, here are 5 country songs that reference the free-spirited holiday.

  • 1

    Mardi Gras, Dierks Bentley

    What's better to listen to on Mardi Gras than a song by the same name?! A stand-out on his hit album "Black," this tune is fun from the very first note. A trombone kicks things off with Bentley coughing throughout the intro. The whole song makes you feel like you're recovering from a night out on the town as the country star likens a woman to all the chaos the day brings. "She trashed my heart just like these streets" he sings and you can't help but laugh and sing along.

  • 2

    Drunk On A Plane, Dierks Bentley

    We all know this one! It seems the crooner is a big fan of the holiday - or at least likening his love life to it. This song follows a similar theme as the one prior. "It's Mardi Gras up in the sky" he sings on an equally tongue-in-cheek tune about partying on the way to his honeymoon without his bride. Bentley seems to love the theme and if this is the result, we don't mind one bit.

  • 3

    Sorry For Partyin', Thomas Rhett

    Throwback! Before he was singing about dying a happy man, Rhett was writing this "apology" about having a little too much fun the night before. He says sorry to lawyers and cops and everyone else he may have encountered at some point during his life AND gives a shout out to "Mardi Gras martyrs" who are up late picking up after a party. It fits nicely in the song and you won't be able to listen to it without smiling.

  • 4

    Walker Hayes, You Broke Up With Me

    One of radio's most recent hits, the newcomer is sarcastic and witty from the very first word. The song has many standout lines but none more catchy than this - "don't go raining on my Mardi Gras parade for a minute." Sense a theme here?

  • 5

    Something Like That, Tim McGraw

    Perhaps the biggest hit of them all, the legendary musician sings about going to meet his friends at Mardi Gras. It was on the plane that he hears a familiar voice who ends up being an old flame. It's one of McGraw's biggest songs. Let's hope he was still able to have some fun when he got there.

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