That town started Masque de la Mobile, a precursor to the famous krewes and 32 years after the hard working Jean came to the region, he founded New Orleans. Later, the city threw elegant balls which still go on today. By 1840, parades came into the picture and around 1870, all that bead throwing started happening.
Food, drink, fabulous costumes, all are part of this annual celebration of the last night of eating rich, fatty foods before the fasting of Lent. Now, it's celebrated all over the country, but you still have time to get to The Big Easy before next Tuesday! IN the meantime, start with making some King Cake.
A cake fit for a King (and Queen)
Fun Facts about King Cake
- They're round because the three wise men avoided King Herod by taking a circular route.
- The baby represents the baby Jesus, but that was not the original intent. Back in the mid-1900s Donald Entringner of McKenzie's Bakery in NOLA just had a surplus thanks to a traveling salesman and used those instead of beans. If you find the little guy, you get good luck for the year and have to throw the next king cake party.
- The three wise men are also responsible for the cake colors purple (justice), green (faith) and gold (power), the jewels in the crowns of the wise men.
- The cake determined who was the Queen of Mardi Gras. When a gold bean was baked into the cake, whoever found it was named Queen.
- The New Orleans Pelicans have a King Cake baby mascot that will haunt you when you sleep tonight. Watch this to see what we mean.