Mardi Gras is one of the most exciting and time-honored celebrations we have. The holiday holds a lot of meaning for many people around the world and can be celebrated in several ways. No matter what your Mardi Gras plans may be, it’s important to understand the true meaning of the holiday and to know how to celebrate in true fashion! Here’s a little more about Mardi Gras and the best foods for your celebration!
What Is Mardi Gras?
Mardi Gras is a Christian holiday that is traditionally celebrated on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. It is a prelude to Lent and has been celebrated for thousands of years. At its core, Mardi Gras celebrates spring and fertility. Mardi Gras is also commonly referred to as Fat Tuesday, Carnival, or Carnaval.
How to Celebrate Mardi Gras
Over the years, the traditions of Mardi Gras have evolved. Today, Mardi Gras is all about music, parades, and excitement! People all around the world gather in purple, green, and gold costumes to celebrate the special occasion. These colors are all rumored to represent the colors of Grand Duke Alexis’ home. Years later, these three colors have been assigned different meanings. Purple represents justice, gold represents power, and green represents faith. Although each of these festivities are essential to any great Mardi Gras party, the most important part is the food!
Mard Gras Foods for Your Celebration
There are several traditional foods to include in your Mardi Gras celebration. Load up your plate with some Cajun-style fixings like:
- Jambalaya: Our chicken and sausage Jambalaya is served with mixed greens and corn bread.
- King Cake: This traditional Mardi Gras dessert is circular like a crown and frosted in green, yellow, and purple colors. A plastic baby is usually baked inside the cake and the person who finds it is bestowed with luck and special responsibilities.
- Muffulettas: These are a New Orleans institution combining Italian and Creole ingredients into a sandwich taste explosion!
- Rice and Beans: This is a staple for many meals and occasions. Although many avoid the traditional Mardi Gras dirty rice due to it containing chicken liver, try instead rice and red beans which may be more favorable for your guests.
Mardi Gras Menu
Whether you’re celebrating Mardi Gras with a big crowd or with your closest friends and family, we can help make your day easier and more delicious.