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21 February 2012

It's Mardi Gras!

If there is one thing I miss more than my grandparents about Mobile, it's Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras season is such a festive time of year for the deep south. There are parties, parades, balls, and of course, throws (aka. beads, moonpies, cups, and other trinkets).

Mardi Gras is a huge part of the culture in Mobile and New Orleans. You take off work and schools close for the holiday. I have several family members and friends who are part of Krewes (Mardi Gras societies), and for as long as I can remember, I always wanted to be a part of the action, too. I even had a friend who was a queen!  Every parade is unique, and every one has a signature float. Here is the Mystic Stripers' tiger:

If you didn't know, the FIRST EVER Mardi Gras was held in Mobile, not New Orleans. Mobile's version is definitely scaled back and there is nothing like a New Orleans parade. If you are ever given the opportunity to go down for a few days during this festive season, definitely GO! You won't regret it (but you might not remember it ;))

In honor of Mardi Gras, we're having red beans and rice with cajun Conecuh sausage for dinner, and a king cake for dessert! I couldn't resist when I saw them at Publix yesterday.

Laissez les bons temps rouler and happy Mardi Gras!


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