Did You Know? Countdown to Mardi Gras 2009 (02/23)


Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore About Mardi Gras

February 23 : 01 day till Mardi Gras

Did you know that King Cakes are a traditional Mardi Gras food? The cake’s origins can be traced back to the Feast of the Twelfth Night, which honored the three kings who were present at the birth of the baby Jesus.

Inside the sweet bread-style cake, which is frosted in the traditional Mardi Gras colors, a tiny baby doll is hidden. The lucky eater who gets the piece of cake with the baby doll has to throw next year’s party.

While Mardi Gras is celebrated throughout the southern US, it is most often identified with New Orleans, where it is celebrated with masquerade balls, King Cakes, and parades.

This is the last fun fact in our count down to Mardi Gras.  Please visit our Mardi Gras celebration for our full list of Did You Know? Mardi Gras facts.

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