Mardi Gras

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Maliah Nemeth

Mardi Gras happened on February 16, 2021.

Mardi Gras is a celebration that occurs every year on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday in New Orleans because it is the last party before the start of Lent.

This is a picture of the inside of the Saint Louis Cathedral located in the French Quarter. (Maliah Nemeth)

Mardi Gras is a Christian celebration that dates back to medieval Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries. Mardi is French for Tuesday and gras means fat.

In 1703, the first Mardi Gras celebration occurred on American soil. In 1718, New Orleans was established and by 1730, New Orleans was openly celebrating Mardi Gras with high society balls. Traditionally, all party goers binged on fatty foods in anticipation of the 40 days of fasting.

Mardi Gras today looks slightly different and is now a legal holiday in Louisiana! The streets today are filled with amazing floats, musical processions, and masked balls…not to mention amazing food and libations. “Fat Tuesday” always occurs on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, the first day of lent. This year, Mardi Gras falls on February 16, 2021. 

 

 

 

 

This is what the table looks like when we have a Mardi Gras party. (Maliah Nemeth)

 

 

 

We celebrate Mardi Gras at our house with a huge party. We have delicious Louisianan food and have our house decorated in yellow, green, and purple. There are a bunch of beads and masks for everyone attending this event.

 

 

 

 

 

This is a picture of the gumbo dip that we made. (Maliah Nemeth )

Some of the New Orleans cuisines we enjoy are muffuletta dip,  gumbo dip, fried okra, jambalaya, mardi gras salad, beignets, and King Cake. The main dish jambalaya is an amazing cajun dish of chicken, andouille sausage, shrimp, ham, rice, and vegetables in a Cajun seasoned tomato base. Beignets are little pillows of dough deep-fried and topped with powdered sugar. It is impossible to eat just one. King Cake is symbolic of the three wise men en route to meet the Christ Child. The cake is a coffee cake-like dessert baked in a circle. A baby is hidden within the cake. Whoever gets the piece of cake that contains the baby is expected to host the Mardi Gras celebration the following year.

 

 

These are beignets that we got on Bourbon Street when we visited New Orleans. (Maliah Nemeth)
This is jambalaya. We make it every year on Fat Tuesday. (Maliah Nemeth)

 

 

Mardi Gras in Minnesota is not exactly the same as in New Orleans; however, if a group of people gather to enjoy amazing food, good company, and beignets you can easily imagine Mardi Gras.