The world’s biggest carnival each year is Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana, marking the end of the holiday season and the beginning of Lent. Translated from French into “Fat Tuesday”, Mardi Gras is all about fun and indulgence. Purple, green and gold typically decorate the New Orleans streets along with showers of glitter and beads. This year, Mardi Gras will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 16. However, it will look much different with the Covid-19 pandemic still looming over us. Massive crowds of tourists and residents won’t be filling the New Orleans streets, but instead families and groups of friends will find ways to have fun at home unless they are attending socially-distanced events in New Orleans. Whether this is your first time celebrating Mardi Gras or you are a seasoned veteran, there are plenty of ways to enjoy it at home. Here are a few tips:
Bayou Bakery based in Virginia is offering a Mardi Gras box that can be shipped anywhere in the country. It contains a signature Bayou King Cake (the official cake of Mardi Gras) that feeds 12-16 people, a Mardi Gras murder mystery game, 24 beads and doubloons, masks, a boa, and a bottle of Liquid Hurricane mix to add to the spirit of your choice. Click here to order your own box.
One way to let little ones join in on the fun is to make shoebox floats at home. One of the most exciting aspects of a normal Mardi Gras is the parade decked out with extravagant, over-the-top floats. Look for colorful construction paper, ribbons and old beads to glue to a shoebox and line them up for your own miniature parade in the living room or driveway.
Live stream “Mardi Gras for All Y’all”, a virtual celebration of the Carnival with live music and guest appearances. There will also be features on local New Orleans iconic businesses. It can be streamed on February 12, 13 and 14 at 8pm. Visit here for more details.
Pandemic baking isn’t anything new at this point, right? Take on the challenge of baking your own celebratory King Cake. This recipe from Betty Crocker is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.
Staying home during a normally large event doesn’t have to equal boredom. Utilize the resources around you or order specialty kits such as the one from Bayou Bakery to bring the excitement to your own home!