Citrus Park community holds annual Mardi Gras celebration

No Mardi Gras Parade For Bay Minette This Year

Dining Services Executive Chef Matthew Lasof will make a tribute to his time in New Orleans with Mardi Gras night at Northside Cafe.

Tolston said they have been busy this month between Mardi Gras and Valentine's Day orders.

Mardi Gras isn't complete without delicious drinks to go along with the food. "We have everything. We have beads, bears, we have hula hoops".

Matrona Wassile is in the program, and said baking the Mardi Gras treats is a lot of fun.

As for the feast of color for the eyes, while I will throw on the Mardi Gras beads now cascading from a bookshelf since our last visit to the Big Easy, I'd much rather don this ring from Eriness.

She said the king cakes are a good conversation starter for those who are not familiar with them.

If you're planning to come to New Orleans for Fat Tuesday (or any time of the year for that matter), we have some travel tips for you! Krewes, which are organizations that arrange parades during the carnival season, have remained a paramount part of the carnival culture in New Orleans over the years. The three colors gold, purple and green represent power, justice and faith.

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Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday in French, and it's a common way for people to enjoy Shrovetide.

Some students, like Steinhardt senior Marco Chan, are trying to keep the Mardi Gras spirit alive even if they are not in New Orleans.

What are the culinary specialties of Mardi Gras? This Haines City native serves his barbecue in 12 events across the county each year, with this year being his first at the Lake Wales Mardi Gras. The king cake features purple, gold and green icing and has a small trinket, usually a tiny plastic baby, inside.

The annual celebration has its roots in religious festivals.

Right now, the petition only focuses on parades in the New Orleans area, but who knows if this could spread to other parades across the state. "I think we have a horse of every color out here just about".

"I have heard of Mardi Gras but never celebrated it in the past", Chan said.

According to the official Mardi Gras New Orleans website, the first U.S. Mardi Gras occurred in Mobile in 1703 with a secret society, the Masque de Mobile, formed to organize the celebrations. You can get most of these at a local thrift store or party store, or if you don't want to spend money, try combining funky pieces already in your closet.

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