Mardi Gras is the biggest bash celebrated in New Orleans, as well as a celebration thrown around the world. Beginning on “Fat Tuesday”, Mardi Gras is full of fun and unique traditions. This Mardi Gras, feel like you’re on Bourbon Street in Louisiana by throwing a traditional and festive Mardi Gras celebration.
Featured below are the five essentials everyone needs for a traditional and fun Mardi Gras soiree.
1. The Infamous King Cake
With a similar taste to a giant cinnamon roll, the Mardi Gras King Cakes is a delicious tradition essential to every Mardi Gras party. The tradition behind this King Cake centers around a small plastic baby that has been cooked somewhere within the cake. By tradition, the person to bite into the piece of the cake with the plastic baby will provide the King Cake for the next Mardi Gras party.
For a yummy recipe to prepare your own homemade King Cake, click HERE.
2. Masks on Masks
Every guest at a Mardi Gras party should be required to wear a fun and vibrant Mardi Gras mask. In Louisiana on Mardi Gras, you will find people of all ages donning elaborate Mardi Gras masks.
3. Mardi Gras Beads
Mardi Gras Beads are the perfect party favors for your guests. In New Orleans around Mardi Gras, party goers will wear these chunky Mardi Gras beads. People will also throw beads at women for them to catch and wear around their necks. The more bright and colorful Mardi Gras beads you can find, the better.
4. Purple, Green and Gold
Any party decorations should be themed around the colors of purple, green and gold, the Mardi Gras colors. Encourage attendees to get in Mardi Gras spirit by wearing these three traditional colors to your fabulous shindig.
5. Drinks, Of Course.
Amongst these fun Mardi Gras traditions is the tradition of alcohol. New Orleans residents will all drink the traditional Mardi Gras day drinks, including THE Louisiana drink known as the “The Hurricane.”
For traditional Mardi Gras Drink recipes, including the jello shooters featured above and the “Hurricane”, click HERE.