Are you ready for Mardi Gras, a.k.a. Fat Tuesday this year? Whether you’re planning on partying with your family at home or out with your friends, you don’t have to be in New Orleans to have a good time! Here are 6 easy and fun ways you can celebrate Mardi Gras this year:
Wear the Right Colors – Legend has it that Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich Ramonov (try saying that 5 times fast!) suggested the current color scheme – purple, green, and gold – for Mardi Gras back in 1872. He chose purple for justice, green for faith, and gold for power. Wear your favorite color out of the three or go all out with all three to be extra festive!
Eat Pancakes – Did you know that in some countries like England, Ireland, New Zealand, and Australia Mardi Gras is often referred to as Pancake Day? Mardi Gras, which is the day before Ash Wednesday, is often seen as a day for revelers to enjoy rich foods before the day of fasting. This typically includes using ingredients like flour, eggs, and sugar, which often results in making pancakes. Do you need a better excuse to eat a tasty stack of flapjacks? We think not!
Don a Mask – Originally, party-goers wore masks to protect their identity and enjoy the Mardi Gras festivities regardless of their class. Today, masks are fun accessories to add to your wardrobe on Fat Tuesday. Purchase a cool mask at a party store or make your own with your friends to complete the look!
Savor Some Traditional Southern Food – Want to feel like you’re in New Orleans without actually needing to go there? Whip up a delicious warm meal that’s traditionally enjoyed in The Big Easy! From spicy gumbo to jambalaya, there’s really no way you can go wrong. Find an easy recipe online or enjoy one of these dishes at your favorite restaurant!
Toss or Wear Some Beads – Throwing and catching beads is a tradition that goes back to the 19th century. Originally, the king would toss beads to those whom he thought symbolized the color thrown. Whether you want to wear your favorite symbolic color or just go all out and sport all of the colors, grab some beads for yourself and your friends!
Enjoy a King Cake – Don’t forget to top off your celebration with a delicious King Cake! Bedecked in green, gold, and purple, this braided pastry has a tiny plastic baby hidden inside. It is said that whoever finds the baby will be lucky for the rest of the year (and will also be the one supplying the King Cake next year!).
Speaking of King Cake and other tasty desserts, why not share a fresh one with your friends and family by ordering from McArthur’s Bakery? Come in to our bakery or order online to find your Mardi Gras desserts today!