New Orleans: King Cake and other things Mardi Gras

Today we learned that King Cake, a blend of coffee cake and cinnamon roll, is only eaten during Carnival that starts January 6 and ends on Mardi Gras. The name King Cake is a biblical reference to the three kings who brought gifts to baby Jesus. There is a surprise inside every cake- a baby! Whoever gets the baby in their slice gets to buy the next King Cake to keep the party going.
This afternoon we arrived on Arabella Street in New Orleans at our friends Eileen and Dusk’s beautiful home. We went to a neighborhood restaurant, Frankie and Johnnies, and had poboys, gumbo, red beans & rice and some delicious char-grilled oysters.

We learned that Mardi Gras is preceeded by 21 days of parades in New Orleans. We look forward to the first parade of Carnival tomorrow night.

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