Is the La Ceiba Carnival the Honduran Mardi Gras?

There is no question that the La Ceiba Carnival is the biggest party in Honduras. Many people compare it to Mardi Gras in New Orleans. But is the La Ceiba Carnival the Honduran Mardi Gras? This year, 2017, the Carnival will take place on Saturday May 20. The event starts with a big parade down San Isidro Avenue.