Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras as it is better known, is the culmination of festivities where people live out their most frivolous and gluttonous desires before it all comes to a stop on Ash Wednesday, the first day of lent. Mardi Gras is celebrated all over the world and takes many different forms.
In Rio and Venice it is Carnival–a celebration where people don masks and feathers and go to balls, eat large feasts, and dance the night away. In Germany it is known as Fastnacht, or Eve of the Fast, and begins November 11 at 11:11 a.m.
This year, celebrate next Tuesday the New Orleans way (after your breakfast of beignets and chicory coffee). In NOLA, Mardi Gras celebrations begin the last day of Christmas and run through Fat Tuesday when the biggest and most flamboyant parties and parades take place. It is The Big Easy’s celebrations that are responsible for the phrase laissez les bons temps rouler, or let the good times roll.
In New Orleans images of crowns, beads and doubloons abound. Purple, green and gold–representing justice, faith and power, respectively (a tradition passed down from the Catholic Church)–decorate the streets.
So run to your nearest dollar store, stock up on beads, listen to the playlist below, eat whatever your heart desires (try the King’s cake recipe below), and drink a Sazerac (now that absinthe is once again legal!).
Easy King’s Cake-
3 cans (about 42 ounces)- refrigerated sweet roll dough, cinnamon roll dough, etc
2 cans (24 ounces)- frosting
Green food coloring
Yellow food coloring
Red food coloring
Blue food coloring
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease or line a baking sheet.
- Roll the dough from each can into a long rope so that you have 3 ropes of dough.
3. Line the ropes next to each other and braid them together. Join the ends to form a circle.
4. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until golden brown.
5. While the dough bakes divide the frosting into 3 bowls. Use yellow coloring in one, green in another, and mix the red and blue in the third to make purple.
6. After the cake has cooled drizzle the frosting over along with the sprinkles.