Happy Carnival season! One of the biggest misconceptions we’ve run into with new residents about this time of year is that Mardi Gras is a single day. Technically, it’s true – “Mardi Gras” is Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. However, Carnival season – which ends with Mardi Gras – is several weeks. That means multiple days of parades, king cakes and Mardi Gras festivities. This year, we are getting a good three weeks of parades.
Things kicked off last week with the very lewd (and creative) Krewe du Vieux in the French Quarter. Check out our Instagram page for photos or swing on over to LA to NOLA for more pix from that night. Here’s a relatively tamed snippet from it:
The metro New Orleans area has about 60 parades this year and we’ve found the best schedule for you. There’s a parade for every taste and all you need to do is find one that fits your schedule.
Want R-rated debauchery and satire? That’s Krewe du Vieux, which parades through the French Quarter and the Marigny.
Want kid-friendly fun? You actually have many more options than most people think. Day parade are always a good bet. Night parades tend to get a little crazier, but they can still be kid-friendly (depending on your kid). The Uptown parades are fun for pretty much all ages.
Taaka’s king cake vodka continues to tempt us. It’s a sweet, flavored vodka found at nearly every grocery store this time of year.
image via @newinNOLA on Instagram
Last month, we offered up two cocktail recipes from Rouses (see them).
If you don’t have access to king cake-flavored vodka but you still want a king cake cocktail, try this one from GoNOLA.com.
And today, we heard about a new recipe: king cake vodka Jello shots.
Recipe from the good folks at BlackenedOut.com: