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A few years ago, I set out on a quest to make a homemade king cake that would rival the ones we pay $20+ for at bakeries around town. There’s no shortage of king cake recipes online -- but...

Break out the Beads

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“Mama, my friend at school said Mardi Gras is cancelled.” He looked at me with his big brown eyes, waiting for me to assure him that Mardi Gras would go on as usual. I knelt and wrapped my almost four-year-old...
Mardi Gras may be cancelled this year but our love for king cake isn't! While we may not be parading in the streets this year, we can certainly still enjoy king cake 6 feet apart. Lots of our favorites...
Every Who Dat in NOLA liked Mardi a lot, But the COVID who came into NOLA did not. COVID hated Fat Tuesday! The whole Mardi Gras season! Now, please don’t ask why. No one quite knows the reason.   It could be perhaps, that...
Whew, Mardi Gras is over. I can honestly say that this Mardi Gras holiday was a very emotional one, but we all came together as a community and still made the good times roll. On another note, I can proudly...
2009 was the most epic Mardi Gras ever. I was a carefree college student, and living in a prime location at the time — walking distance to Superior Grill, the Streetcar line, and the Columns Hotel. It was also...
Dear New Orleans, Thanks for showing up last night. But, of course, you would. It was the perfect weather to kick off the biggest weekend of Mardi Gras, weather I'd been praying for as a first-time rider. I wanted my...
My wife and I have been riding in Muses for the past decade, and 4 years ago I took my two boys with me for the ride. Well...you see I was pregnant (20 weeks!) and I didn't know what...
I have a confession to make: I stink at Carnival. It is not my strength. I was born and raised here. I have been letting myself off of the hook because I don't find it that easy or that fun,...

Mardi Gras Anxiety Is Real

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Where are my Type A personalities at? Better yet, where are my Type As who don’t have a designated spot on the parade routes? With parade season now in full swing, I’m having Mardi Gras anxiety. It’s not that I don’t...
The soundtrack of every parade is a harmony of drumlines, metal barricades grating against each other, piercing sirens, screams for beads and the tapping of marching band boots on pavement. It sounds like Popeye’s fried chicken tastes and is...
I don't know about your kids, but my kids love sweets, icing, and sugar. They also love to help in the kitchen. My sweet sister-in-law showed up with this mini king cake idea and it was totally a hit! I...
So it's Mardi Gras time (actually it's Carnival time and Mardi Gras is a day- but we'll get into all of that). Maybe you're new to NOLA, or maybe you've been here a while but you're still not exactly...
I remember the day the music stopped, or rather the drums from the marching bands in the parade, like it was yesterday. It happened fast, but this is what I remember. Shots fired, lots of shots fired. People screaming...