Get a Little Cajun in Your Soul!
ardi Gras, also known as “Fat Tuesday,” is a popular celebration that takes place on the day before the start of the Christian season of Lent. While the festival may have its roots in pagan celebrations during medieval times in Europe, it has since become a unique celebration of culture, food, and music. This is particularly true in New Orleans, where the festival is an important part of the city’s identity. New Orleans is well known for its Mardi Gras parades, rich culture, and weeklong festivities.
Mardi Gras is a celebration of foods that are full of bold flavors and reflect the diverse cultural influences that have shaped Louisiana’s unique cuisine. There are a number of traditional dishes that are associated with the festival. One of the most popular dishes is King Cake, a sweet pastry that is decorated with colorful icing and sprinkled with sugar in the colors of Mardi Gras: purple for justice, green for faith, and gold for power. Another popular Mardi Gras dish is gumbo, a stew made with seafood or meat, vegetables, and a roux-based sauce. Jambalaya, a rice dish with meat and vegetables, is also a favorite. Crawfish is a beloved ingredient in many Mardi Gras dishes, such as étouffée, which is a thick stew made with crawfish, onions, and a roux-based sauce. Certain popular Mardi Gras treats include beignets, shrimp po’ boys, and the Louisiana comfort food dish, red beans and rice!