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Shrove Tuesday

Mardi Gras

The last day before the beginning of Lent on the Gulf Coast that once belonged to France, it is Mardi Gras, “Fat Tuesday”: Laissez les bon temps rouler!

It was first celebrated in Mobile, Alabama, but the big show these days is in New Orleans, and it is a holiday in the state of Louisiana, because people wouldn’t show up for work anyway, so why fight it.

The tradition is to serve King cake, which is a circle of cinnamon bun dough with a white frosting on top sprinkled with sugar colored purple, gold, and green. If that weren’t bad enough, they put the figurine of a baby in the dough, and whoever finds it in their piece is supposed to be lucky. Actually if you find it and don’t choke on it, I guess you are lucky. You should use a small ceramic figurine, as some of the cheap plastic versions melt in the oven [yummy].

In Britain, Ireland, and many of the Commonwealth countries Shrove Tuesday is celebrated as Pancake Day.

This year, no parades, no booze, no beads – Quel dommage! There are Mardi Gras houses to soothe the pain.


1 Badtux { 02.19.21 at 10:10 pm }

It was celebrated with ice in Texas this year 😉

2 Bryan { 02.19.21 at 10:33 pm }

Nothing wrong with ice… as long as it’s in a glass with some alcohol involved. When it’s coating the road with snow on top, that’s a cold, wet time for traffic cops. [Been there, done that]

3 hipparchia { 02.25.21 at 8:18 pm }

thank you for the mardi gras houses. i had heard that people were doing that but hadn’t seen them.

4 Bryan { 02.25.21 at 10:09 pm }

A lot of time, money, and creativity involved in those houses. Local people really miss the parades. Working with your Krewe to build a float is like a local sports team – it’s more about the community than winning or losing.

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