Living Up Mardis Gras

Mardis Gras, Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday or Carnival Season – whatever you may call it, it’s here and time to celebrate.  The Fat Tuesday reference refers to tradition of eating the richest and fattiest foods before the Lenten fast begins on Ash Wednesday.

Most of the celebrations occur in French regions of the country and world.  Our country’s Mardis Gras center is New Orleans and my is it a party.   Each year there are hundreds of people who arrive in full costume to fill the streets, drink and celebrate to their heart’s content, watch the annual parade, and just have a great time.


I haven’t been able to make the trip down south to New Orleans to celebrate the parade and insane festivities that occur during this time.  However, I did have a chance, almost two years this month, to travel with a group of Santa Clara undergraduates and alumni to New Orleans to help build houses.

P3290635Here I am on Bourbon Street, rocking it to the best of my ability in the southern humidity.  Being from California, I was not accustomed or ready to tackle this weather.  It’s probably what I’m worried most about living on the east coast (cold weather almost being finished), but thankfully I’ve got some time.


No adult beverages for us as we were on a school trip.  But, there’s always hope for a future trip down south for the famous daq-shacks. 😉

P3250468We did however make plenty of time and space for the unique cuisine.  From gumbo to beignets, we had it all. 

Growing up Fat Tuesday was celebrated in my house with breakfast for dinner – more notably, pancakes for dinner.  Maybe I’ll make it around to making pancakes tonight post-gym but in all honesty to myself, I doubt that will happen.


Do you celebrate Mardis Gras?  Ever made (or survived) the trek to NOLA for Mardis Gras?