Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras, and if that fact slipped past you until now, it’s not too late to plan a celebration. This article contains all the information you need for a last minute Mardi Gras celebration.
Last Minute Mardi Gras History
Those versed in Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras history know that it marks the last day before the Christian celebration of Lent which begins Wednesday (“Ash Wednesday”) and lasts 40 days. If you need a primer on the history of Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, the U.S. city most associated with Mardi Gras, click here.
The U.S. Mardi Gras tradition began in what is now Mobile, Alabama in 1703 after defenders of the French claim to the Louisiana Territory established that city as the capital of French Louisiana.
Last Minute Mardi Gras Music
Mardi Gras music combines the best of New Orleans jazz and zydeco. If you’re lacking a Mardi Gras music collection, last minute help is at hand in the form of online music and downloads. Click here for free Mardi Gras Indians music downloads. Click here for a download of Paul Simon’s Take Me to the Mardi Gras. And by clicking around the last fm site, you can listen to the Meters, Dr. John, Professor Longhair, Allen Touissant and the Neville Brothers during your last minute Fat Tuesday celebration
Want to sing along? Click here for words to some of the most popular Mardi Gras songs.
Last Minute Mardi Gras Carnival Masks
Print templates and make your own Fat Tuesday celebration masks here or here.
Simple, Last Minute Mardi Gras Decorations
Streamers in the Fat Tuesday colors of purple, green and gold along with some some extra Mark Gras masks make simple, last minute Mardi Gras decorations.
Last Minute Mardi Gras Meals: Crawfish Etouffe, Jambalaya and Seafood Gumbo
If you have access to a fish market and can get your hands on some crawfish, try this recipe forcrawfish etouffe for a Mardi Gras dinner.
Or, try the Jambalayaor Seafood Gumbo recipes on this site.
It’s too late to order a King Cake for dessert, but you can put with beignets for a Mardi Gras dessert. These popular Creole doughnuts taste better than King Cake anyway.
Sources: http://www.eastjeffersonparish.com/culture/MARDIGRA/HISTORY/history.htm; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mardi_Gras#United_States; http://www.rhapsody.com/the-mardi-gras-indians; http://www.holiday-corners.com/mardi-gras/music.html; http://www.last.fm/music/Dr.+John; http://www.colorbookmasks.com/mardigras.htm; nhttp://www.experienceneworleans.com/recipes.html.