Mardi Gras season is in full swing in South Louisiana! Just as soon as we're trying to knock off the holiday lbs., get into a New Year's regimen and generally lead a less debaucherous lifestyle, Mardi Gras season kicks off the 1st week of January! Can us Cajuns get a break?????
Mardi Gras c. 1900 in New Orleans
King Cake––the traditional sweet treat of the season. In Lafayette, Meche's Donuts King Cake is HANDS DOWN the best I've ever had. You can order them online now to be shipped anywhere!! If you order one, don't be mad at me if you eat it all in one sitting. Seriously, it's almost the best thing I've ever tasted. Most King Cakes are dry (to me) but Meche's is (a) doughnut (b) filled with bavarian cream. I don't think I need to say more!
Kir Royale is my offical Mardi Gras cocktail! Champagne with a splash of Chambord––I prefer a lemon zest to float. Delicious!
The level of artistry in the costumes fascinates me––most all of the costumes are made and handbeaded locally by a few gown-makers that still take on such a laborious commitment.
In the spirit of the traditional colors of Mardi Gras: Gold, Green and Purple––I pilfered through my image vault and bring to you, what else but some of my favorite interiors employing each color!
And again, please forgive me––I've had these images in my vault for so long––years upon years, even. Before I was a blogger, I was an image saver, not info saver. In some images, I cannot remember who designed them nor where I copied them from! I know much better now than to do that now! If you are aware of who the work belongs to, please tell me and I'll correct it asap :)
Do you celebrate Mardi Gras or have you ever attended Mardi Gras in Louisiana? If you haven't, I recommend it at least once in your lifetime. It's more than just one big party––it's a holiday steeped in tradition, rites of passage, heritage and fantasy. Louisiana would never be the same without it and I am looking forward to this years festivities!