Do The Mardi Gras Mambo!

It’s Fat Tuesday, Ya’ll and time to do the Mardi Gras Mambo!!

And if you didn’t know, Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday.

The New Orleans carnival season is the preparation for the start of the Christian season of Lent. It begins on Epiphany (Jan. 6th) complete with an abundance of  parades, balls, and king cake parties. It has traditionally been part of the winter social season; at one time “coming out” parties for young women at débutante balls were timed for this season. My cousin, Kalynn was presented this year at Bacchus.

To New Orleanians, “Mardi Gras” specifically refers to the Tuesday before lent, the highlight of the season!

Here are some of my favorites from this year’s season:

Favorite Mardi Gras related blog post: You Dont Know Mardi Gras Like I Know Mardi Gras by Kristen Duke Photography.

I love that she de-boozed and de-breasted the world’s persona of Mardi Gras the way only a person having grown  up in Louisiana can do. And, I especially loved seeing the pictures of her as a child dressed up in costume for the parades.

Favorite Parade Photo:

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I love this photo because it truly captures how nasty our weather was this past Saturday.

Endymion’s new motto should be “Rain Or Shine, Endymion Rides”.

Favorite Mardi Gras Wreath:

Saw a Valentine’s Day wreath tutorial on How To Nest For Less and immediately said “self, that would look lovely in Mardi Gras colors”.  So I made it in Mardi Gras colors. And I liked it so much I refused to hang it outside.

Favorite non-traditional Mardi Gras treat:

Are you noticing the insane details on these cupcake toppers?

Like, um, the microscopic baby?!?!

Maria from Love & Sugar Kisses is one of the sweetest, most talented chicks on the planet.

She rocks my socks and I tell her so at least once a week.

Favorite traditional Mardi Gras treat:

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Gambino’s is a New Orleans based bakery known for their king cakes for over 50 years. Luckily, they have a location in Baton Rouge, too! If you ever wondered where Oprah Winfrey gets her king cakes from, it’s from Gambino’s.

My personal favorite are the ones filled with pecan praline cream cheese.  Oh. Mmmm. Gee.

Favorite Mardi Gras mask photo:

And yes, my mask is totally on crooked, but that’s how I roll, yo.

Favorite Mardi Gras Jester Pet:

When you live in south Louisiana, you can expect your groomer to deck out your pet for carnival season…. without being asked.

Note: The bow in her ear lasted all of twenty minutes. {sigh}.

Happy Mardi Gras!!!!


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    I would LOVE to be in New Orleans with you Aimee because we would have a BLAST!  Thanks so much for your sweet words…made my day!! And I can’t decide which is the cuter pic…you and your friends in your masks or sweet Lucy :)


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      New Orleans is a ghost town after Mardi Gras. On Wednesday, everyone is nusirng their hangovers, and after that-it’s back to work and/or school! The weekend after Mardi Gras is always kind of depressing, actually.You can NOT wear Mardi Gras beads after Mardi Gras is over. Do you walk around with your trick-or-treat jack-o-lantern after Halloween is over? If you do, everyone will know you’re a tourist and you will be a target for every con or scam artist in the Quarter.

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      I LOVED your post, and meant to send you an email letting you know I linked it! Good thing I have Mandy! PS: I’m loving all the decorating with portraits features you’re doing. Great ideas!

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    Mandy Mixon says

    Thanks for reminding me today is Mardi Gras….kinda forget all about it over here :( And I loved Kristen Duke’s post about a family fun Mardi Gras in New Orleans. We used to celebrate when my Uncle Steve lived there. It was a blast and a highlight of my life. Yes, a family style Mardi Gras in New Orleans is possible!!! Thanks for sharing (and eat a piece of King Cake for me).

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      I really enjoyed her post. There’s such an abundance of non-Louisiana people posting about Mardi Gras and it was really refreshing to read something honest. You’ll need to come in one year and we’ll parade hop together! Miss ya!

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