Monday, February 20, 2012

New Orleans: Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras in New Orleans is only 
8 hours & some odd minutes away until kickoff!
I just love love love Mardi Gras...
One of my friends live there so I always go visit during this time :)
However, I am not going this year & its the first year that I have missed thus far since 4 years ago :( 
I cannot wait for all the pictures though that Danielle sends me because I know she will be right on Bourbon St for the whole entire event :)

Mardi Gras is a term for Carnival Season
French meaning Fat Tuesday
Mardi Gras 2012 is Tuesday 21
Traditional colors are : purple, gold, & green
Purple represents justice
Gold represents power
Green represents faith

Mardi Gras is music, parades, picnics, floats, excitement & one big holiday in New Orleans. Everyone wears purple, green, gold & adorned with long bead caught from the beautiful floats. During Mardi Gras all the businesses & roads are practically shut down. People walk everywhere meeting new people. They dress in crazy costumes & love it.

King cakes are a huge part of Mardi Gras tradtion. Its a special cake in honor of the 3 kings which makes its name the King Cake. Inside every cake is a tiny baby ( generally plastic now). They have King Cake Parties which have evolved through time, & the person who recieves the slice of cake with the baby is asked to continue the festivities by hosting the next King Cake Party. Originally the cakes were a simple ring of dough with a small amount of decoration but today the cakes are much more festive. After the rich danish dough is braided & baked  the baby is inserted  then the top of the ring or oval cake is then covered with sugar toppings matching purple, gold,& green. In more recent years some make stuffing & toppings for their with cream cheese & fruit fillings.


Memoirs of Me & Mine said...

I would love to go to Mardi Gras in New Orleans some day! I've been to the one in Galveston once, years ago.

Fash Boulevard said...

why have i never been to mardi gras. the day needs to come soon. lol. fabulous post, love. thanks for sharing. if you get a sec, I'd love to hear what you think of my Shoemint photo shoot. xo