Mardis Gras

Cortney Sprecher

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Mardi Gras is a national holiday in March, which is a carnival that they celebrate in New Orleans. They celebrate it on Fat Tuesday, which is the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. The Mardi Gras season actually begins on a Christian Holiday celebrated on January 6, that is the Twelfth Day of Christmas.  The Mardi Gras and Carnival are the same celebration with similar events. “The first American Mardi Gras took place on March 3, 1699, when French explorers Pierre Le Moyne D’Urbervilles and Sueur de Bienville landed near present day New Orleans, Louisiana. They had a small celebration and dubbed their landing spot Point du Mardi Gras.” One of their traditions is the King Cake, which is only eaten during Mardi Gras. It is made with Brioche dough, braided, and laced with cinnamon. The dough is then glazed with purple, green, and gold sugar in the Mardi Gras Color. What sets this cake apart is the plastic baby hidden inside of one slice—whoever finds it must buy the next cake or host the next party. Would you like to visit New Orleans to celebrate this tradition?



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