We do. We love it.
Ours kids think Mardi Gras is a major holiday just like any other. Well, they actually think it's more fun than most.
What is it? For the Wikipedia version, go here.
Simply put, it's a epitome of all celebrations prior to Ash Wednesday. Lent follows and then Easter. It's the party of all parties before we start repenting and sacrificing.
And, more. So much more.
Each year, we celebrate. It's been as simple as a Cajun dish of eutoufee or Red Beans & Rice. It's also been as elaborate as flying in live mud bugs for a crawfish boil. Either way, we love it.
Some recent decorations:
Beads outside for kids to play with.
Mantle in the works. Mardi gras is full of excess. I need to tacky it up.
Our wreath, which needs an update. Crawfish and doubloons are beginning to fade. There is one strand of beads on there that Blake bought on Bourbon Street in 1999 when he came in town for Jazz Fest. Pre-marriage. Pre-kids. I held onto them for years not knowing what to do and then I finally created this wreath. Lots of good memories.
My Aunt Mary, who lives in Hammond, LA, sent us a King Cake Mix. Can't wait to make it!
California peeps have not a clue what we speak of when we mention Mardi Gras. Just blank stares all around. The Midwest had seen a bit of it and Colorado, too. West Coast? Nada.
We're here to educate. If it wasn't such a rough season for crawfish, we might indulge and have a boil. Will likely be too pricey this year due to colder temps in the south.
But, don't fear, friends. We will celebrate. I'm craving a Hurricane like nobody's bizness.
And, we'll be indulging soon enough in the city of all cities for celebrations......New Orleans. Blake and I will be flying down sans kids this Fall. I cannot wait!
So, my questions.
***Do you celebrate?
***Have you been to New Orleans for Mardi Gras?
***Did I leave out any fun traditions?