Mardi Gras- Mardi Gras which means Fat Tuesday in French, starts on the Day of Epiphany, also known as the 12th day after Christmas which is January 6th. This is the start of the carnival season. Mardi Gras ends on Mardi Gras Day also known as Fat Tuesday. Though my experience with Mardi Gras is from LA, New Orleans area, Mardi Gras is celebrated now days around the world and is based from the Christian religion. Mardi Gras is rich in culture, religion, food and celebration. A time to celebrate with parties and parades!
Here is a collage made up of different photos from different parades in La, the little super star is Mason, my beautiful friend’s son. Thanks Sarah, for allowing me to share your son on my blog. I think he is just too adorable!
Here is my 2017 Mardi Gras bracelet, I’m sure I’ll make a few more combos for the season. Traditionally Mardi Gras colors are Purples, greens and gold, but of course you can find all sorts of beautiful colors through out the festivals. This is my little twist on Mardi Gras. I have combined beautiful dichroic glass beads from artist like Truebeadz, Paula Radke and Elfbeads. I am also featuring a New Orleans based artist Cristy Cali, she has created a beautiful line of jewelry inspired by New Orleans. She is also in the process of expanding her line through out the US. I have included Cristy Cali’s Louisiana Magnolia Couture Charm, Loving Pelican Couture Charm, Jack The Voo Doo Doll Couture Charm and the Jenny Fleur de Lis Couture Charm. I have really enjoyed wearing these charms, they are beautifully detailed and are so much fun. Make sure to see the up close photos of these! I am also including some ohm beads, Trollbeads, Chamilia and of course a Mardi Gras bracelet wouldn’t be complete without a King and Queen!
Photo above: Starting at the top you will find a Random Artisan, a Waxing Poetic link holding OhmBeads Skullgnome and Kitix, Paula Radke Harlequin, OHmBeads LE Moon Me, Elfbeads LE Elfmas, Trollbeads Three Flowers, Truebeadz Moscow Lights, Chamilia Skull Majesty, Trollbeads Unique, Cristy Cali’s Jenny Fleur de Lis Couture Charm, Paula Radke, Cristy Cali’s Jack the Voo Doo Doll Couture Charm, Random Artisan, Chamilia Skull Highness, Elfbeads Fireworks, Trollbeads (retired) Carved Flowers, Elfbeads LE Elfmas, Cristy Cali’s Loving Pelican Couture Bead, Paula Radke Harlequin, Cristy Cali’s Louisiana Magnolia Couture Charm, Random Artisan, Redbalifrog Bubble stopper, Redbalifrog Heart Love Lock.
Up close with Cristy Cali!
Last but not least no Mardi Gras would be complete without a King Cake!!
King Cake- The King’s Cake is made of a rich danish dough, baked and iced with sugary topping of purple, green and gold. Traditionally a tiny baby is placed in side the cake. The lucky individual who gets the piece of cake with the baby, traditionally buys the next cake. Now days you can find delicious King Cakes with all sorts of toppings, as well with yummy creams and fruit fillings.
In tradition the King Cake is to honor the three kings. As the story goes the three wise men (three kings) came bearing gifts for baby Christ 12 days after Christmas. This is referred to as the Feast of the Epiphany. This day is the first day of the carnivals, known today as Mardi Gras which starts on a January 6th and runs through Mardi Gras Day, also known as Fat Tuesday. Mardi Gras day is 47 days prior to Easter Sunday and is the day before Ash Wednesday.
Now days there are many bakeries that make this delicious cake through out Mardi Gras. One of my favorites is from Paul’s Pastry Shop which is located in Picayune, Ms, but their King Cakes can be found in stores through out Ms and La. They also ship and you can order directly from their website. In the pic is one of their yummy King Cakes filled with cream cheese, strawberries and topped with some sliced almonds, that we enjoyed last year. I am so looking forward to this years King Cake!
Do you have any fond memories of Mardi Gras? I’d love to hear them! Leave me a message below.