Some Mardi Gras fun facts and terminology:
Krewes are exclusive social organizations that hold balls and parades as well as do philanthropic work throughout the year. The colors for Mardi Gras are purple, green, and gold. Purple represents justice, green stands for faith, and gold stands for power. King cakes are made throughout the state of Louisiana in the weeks prior to Mardi Gras. Usually oval in shape, a King Cake is sort of a cross between a coffee cake and a French pastry and is typically covered in Mardi Gras-colored sugar (although today there are many different varieties.) The colorful topping is representative of a jeweled crown in honor of the Three Wise Men who visited baby Jesus. The cakes are round in shape to represent the circular route taken by the Wise Men to confuse King Herod, and usually enclose a hidden plastic baby figurine inside (the Baby Jesus) who is said to bring good luck to the person who finds it in their piece. In addition, that person should host the next Mardi Gras party and bring the next King Cake.
One of our favorite things about living in Baton Rouge was seeing all the beautiful houses around the LSU Lakes decorated for Mardi Gras. When we moved to Delaware, I thought I'd make a wreath and bring the tradition with us!
King Cake! We bought this when Liz and Kaylee came to visit us in February of 2007. It's from the Ambrosia Bakery, our favorite in Baton Rouge. We ate the entire cake looking for the baby...and never found it. Looks like we got a dud! This is a Zulu King Cake, named in honor of the Krewe of Zulu.
The Mystic Krewe of Mutts Parade in Baton Rouge
And we even dressed up Bailey for the occasion!
New Orleans 2007, historic St. Charles Avenue
This guy had a barbeque attached to his bicycle...only in New Orleans. :)
Whether you are in Louisiana or far away, I wish you all the joy and fun the Mardi Gras season brings. HAPPY MARDI GRAS!