Today is Fat Tuesday – the culmination of all the partying done during Carnival…and the last day before you give it all up for Lent. I, personally, have never been to New Orleans (it’s on the list) – but even from afar, I love the festivity, the excitement and pageantry that is Mardi Gras. The parades, the music, the colors – it just seems like such a fantastic celebration of life to me. And I love that New Orleans – a city that has seen its fair share of troubles and hardships- never lets the adversity get it down....more
It arrived via overnight shipping late last night in an unassuming package. By the time the New York sun allowed for photographs, it was almost half gone thanks to myself, and one other person (I will not incriminate this person for their own protection).
I'm guessing this weekend many people will be focused on Mardi Gras, a time of celebration leading up to Ash Wednesday or the first day of Lent, which falls on March 9 this year. Some Christians give up meat or other favorite foods for the six weeks of Lent, so the Mardi Gras celebration represents the last chance to indulge in rich foods. Mardi Gras celebrations in the U.S. are commonly associated with New Orleans, and although many traditional New Orleans foods are associated with this holiday, no two foods symbolize Mardi Gras more than making King Cake and eating pancakes on Fat Tuesday.