Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!! Mardi Gras Louisiana Style
Let the Good Times Roll!!!!
And that they do all throughout Louisiana during Mardi Gras Season. Some places do more of a production for Mardi Gras than others, and New Orleans is definitely one of those places. If you are looking to pass a good time, enjoy some Cajun food, drink some great drinks, enjoy time with friends, and get all of your sins out before you enter the Lenten season, then Mardi Gras is the season for you.
Some may not realize that Mardi Gras begins with various Mardi Gras balls and parties to start the season off. The balls begin as early as January and go through the weekend of Mardi Gras. This year, the official day of Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) is Tuesday, February 21, 2012.
Mardi Gras Float
Mardi Gras Tradition- The King Cake and the Baby
One tradition that is both tasty and fun is the baby in the king cake. Generally one person will purchase the first king cake of the season, whether it is for the office, for a friend, a party or for yourself. Each king cake comes with a baby in it (now they put them on the side due to some funkillers that have sued). Everyone proceeds to cut themselves a slice of the cake praying that they do not get the baby. Whoever does find the baby is then tasked with buying the next one. This keeps going through Mardi Gras season and once everyone is full to the hilt with delicious king cake.
Not all king cakes are created equally- for any suggestions if you would like to order one (most places will ship to you), feel free to send me a message and I can suggest flavors and bakeries.
Krewes of Mardi Gras
There are many, many krewes of Mardi Gras, but here are a few of the more infamous of the New Orleans krewes (Lafayette, Baton Rouge and Houma are other cities who also celebrate Mardi Gras and have krewes of their own).
Both Bacchus and Endymion allow outsiders to take part in their Mardi Gras balls, but you still have to know someone, who knows someone (get it?) that can get you your tickets. Both of these have huge parades that end up riding through wherever the ball is being held. Although I have no personal experience with Bacchus, I have been to Endymion. Once you do Mardi Gras indoors with headliners like Train and Kid Rock, you will never want to do it any other way (However, the actual parades are pretty dang fun :) )!! This year's artists and celebrities include Maroon 5, Anderson Cooper, Big & Rich with Cowboy Troy and Gretchen Wilson. I would say this is definitely a recipe for a Party Gras to remember!!
Rex is one of the invitation only and very traditional. Even if you get invited to the presentation for Rex, no one but the members are allowed to go to the party afterwards. You must also be invited to bow in front of the royals (king, queen, etc.). It is quite a production and definitely an honor to be invited to witness such an exclusive event.
Throw Me Something Mister!!
Something hilarious to all who come to Mardi Gras is the flashers!!! Guess what? It is only tourists who act this way. I have never know a local to flash for beads because there are too many other less scandalous ways to attract attention, so feel free to not feel the need to partake. Even in Louisiana, you can still get arrested for indecent exposure.
So grab a Hurricane, a Bloody Mary or any desired tottie and get to Mardi Gras'ing, but remember to just yell out "Throw Me Something, Mister!!!!" and wave your arms if you want some beads- that's all it takes!!
Are you having the "envies" for your favorite Cajun cuisines? During Mardi Gras, they are at your fingertips at any time and almost anywhere. If you haven't had any boiled crawfish, you must try them at least once. If they are seasoned well, they are absolutely the most delicious thing that there is in this world (I may be partial). If you are having your own crawfish boil, try the sauce that I use.
Crawfish Dipping Sauce - Mix the following:
- Worcestershire sauce
- Cajun Power
- Tabasco Sauce
Talk about a delicious combination and is great with any boiled seafood. Another favorite in the South as well as many others is oysters. I do not eat them raw or fried, but I will eat them charbroiled. Nothing like a little garlic, cheese and butter to solve any culinary distaste.