Fat Tuesday is the last day of Mardi Gras season here in Louisiana. I just thought I'd give you a little picture of the holiday from a small town view.
The King Cake is only sold from around mid-January until Fat Tuesday. They are the best part of Mardi Gras!
It's a huge filled sweet roll topped with entirely too much icing in the most awful collection of color you can imagine!Purple,yellow and green- those colors ARE Mardi Gras and they are everywhere for the entire season!Hidden inside the cake is...ok this is gonna sound crazy but I promise it's true- a tiny plastic baby- (representing the KING-Jesus)
Tradition says that whoever "gets the baby" has to buy the next King cake- so it is always a delightful mystery that young and old try or try NOT to get the baby.
Then there are the parades! Many many parades and balls and every other kind of extravagant procession you can imagine. It is a season FULL of glitz and those same crazy colors!!!
Yesterday, I forgot it was Fat Tuesday until I saw the street lined with tents and bbq pits. The parades were going on all day and people had camped out since the day before to secure their spot for catching beads and candy. These folks are die- hard parade fans and it is amusing to drive past it all and just look and listen! Cajun food and music cannot be escaped. Wish I had DSL so I could post some Zydeco music for ya- it's lots of fun to listen to-especially if you can't speak cajun french!!! Just imagine squeeze box(accordian) fiddle electic guitar and soulful wailing and lots of hand clapping and eee-ahhh!! and you've got it!!!!
Just a quick glimpse of Mardi Gras in small town luziana!!