Important Celebrations: Mardi Gras
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Mardi Gras is the name of the carnival that is celebrated in Louisiana, the day before to the Ash Wednesday. Each year, carnival season starts on January 6, also known as Twelfth Night. This day take place a ball to mark the occasion. Usually there is one major parade each day, organised by Carnival krewes, who throw to the crowd strings of plastic colorful beads, doubloons (similar to coins) and small, cheap toys. Other parades are hosted by social clubs, like Zulu and Rex.
The name Mardi Gras comes from French and it means Fat Tuesday and its colours are purple, green and gold. These colors are said to have been chosen by Grand Duke Alexis Alexandrovitch Romanoff of Russia Russia during a visit to New Orleans in 1872.
Costumes and masks are frequently worn on Mardi Gras Day so in some places people are asked to put away their mask before entering.
In Mardi Gras, people normally sit on the ground throwing balls, playing music, having a picnic, and watching the crowds walk by between parades.
A typical drink in Mardi Gras is Cajun Bloody Mary. Its ingredients are:

· Vodka
· Tomato juice
· Lemon juice
· Lima juice
· Hot radish
· Worcestershire sauce
· Tabasco sauce
· Salt
· Black peper
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Mardi Gras is only complete with a King Cake, also known as Tuelfth Night Cake.
This cake is actually a sweetened yeast bread usually baked in a ring shape. The cake is frosted with gold, green and purple icing representing in order power, faith and justice. The maker of each King Cake hides a token in the cake.
The ingredients of this cake are:
  • 2 envelopes active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1-1/2 sticks (6 ounces) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup warm milk (about 110°F)
  • 5 large egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 4 1/2 cups bleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 4 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1 plastic king cake baby or a pecan half
  • 5 tablespoons milk, at room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Purple-, green-, and gold-tinted sugar sprinkles

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Another typical food in Mardi Gras is the Crab Cake, composed of crab meat and various other ingredients, such as bread crumbs, milk, mayonnaise, eggs, yellow onions, and seasonings.

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Vegetarian people usually eat Spinach Cheese Balls, crunchy and cheesey, with various dipping sauces (normally tomato sauce). The ingedients are:
  • 1box frozen spinach
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 container ricotta cheese
  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • Vegetable Oil, for deep frying
  • 3/4 cup Italian style bread crumbs
  • 1 jar pasta sauce, heated, your favorite.

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What young people do in Mardi Gras?

The young people wait for Mardi Gras for all a year, because they really have fun this weekend. They can do many things, like participate on a parade or dress up, but also they usually meet a lot of different people from a lot of places. Also you can belong to any Krewe (it´s like a club), but it´s so expensive. But if you belong to any you go to New Orleans with your friends and many activities. If you go to a parade you will receive a lot of necklace e, that they call beads. You can buy them in any shop for give it to any people that you want.
On these days they eat special food that they buy, like King Cake and drink things like Bloody Mary.

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