Celebrating Mardi Gras Outside of New Orleans

By Megan Morrow
Published March 7, 2019

Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday, is usually held 46 days prior to Easter and is a carnival celebration of life, brimming with colors, crowds, flavors, parades and more.

If you happen to be in New Orleans during the celebration, you will easily be swept up into the festivities. However, even if you are at home, you can still join in on the fun.

Following are five fun tips for celebrating Mardi Gras, no matter where in the world you are:

  1. Bake a king cake. The staple of any Mardi Gras party, a king cake is decorated in the traditional colors of green, purple and gold and is a rolled pastry made with brioche. You can find recipes (including reduced-sugar options) online. Typically, bakers insert a small plastic baby into the cake – whoever finds the baby in his or her slice gets to host the next party!
  2. Decorate with flair. Even if your celebration will be small, you can pick up green, gold and purple beads or streamers, or simply string up colorful holiday lights to set the mood. Likewise, you can serve food on color-coordinated serving pieces or don party hats. A few bright decorations can set the mood for a festive night at home.
  3. Listen to live music. As you may know, music is essential to New Orleans’ past and present. Live music and dancing are a celebrated component of Mardi Gras parades and parties. In that honor, check out local jazz bands or dance performances between now and March 5.
  4. Make a feast fit for a king or queen. New Orleans is known for its food year-round. Jambalaya and gumbo are two local classics that are also crowd-pleasers. If you prefer something simpler, consider preparing red beans and rice and okra. Other culinary favorites from New Orleans include beignets, po’-boys, muffulettas, crawfish and pralines.
  5. Find a party closer to home. Mardi Gras is now celebrated throughout the world, so you might find a party or special event in your neck of the woods. If your research comes up empty, that might inspire you to host your own colorful celebration!

Another way to get into the Mardi Gras spirit is to learn more about the holiday, from its origins to its present-day incarnations. The more you know, the more you can get into the festive spirit.

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