Sunday, January 6, 2013

~~Mardi Gras Time~~

Today,  January 6, the Twelfth Night after Christmas, is the day our Mardi Gras season begins.  Mardi Gras Day is always 47 days prior to Easter Sunday.  Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras Day) is always the day before Ash Wednesday.  In Louisiana, especially New Orleans, we begin our Mardi Gras season by celebrating and eating King Cake.  Baked inside every King Cake is a tiny, plastic (sometimes gold) baby.  The person who receives the piece of cake with the baby must host the next King Cake party!  This has been a tradition handed down through many, many generations.  In school, we host King Cake parties each Friday, and students take turns bringing the next King Cake to school if he/she receives the baby.  The King Cake is a braided, circular cake with purple, green, and gold icing on top.  The original flavor is cinnamon~~delicious!!.  Today, you can find almost any flavor: lemon, cream cheese, strawberry, chocolate, Boston Cream, blueberry, apple!  Just recently, I came across the Elvis King Cake~~peanut butter, banana, & bacon!  I am definitely going to try this one.  If you have never tried one before, almost any New Orleans bakery will ship King Cakes anywhere in the world.  During Mardi Gras parades, businesses are shut down and streets are closed.  People line both sides of the street and wait for the floats to pass through.  Riders on the floats throw beads, stuffed animals, doubloons, and other trinket toys.  I love Mardi Gras time and the fun it brings to New Orleans!!! 

Please check out TBA's Freebie Friday for more holiday activities!!!!!!  I love linking up with TBA because I can find so many wonderful ideas to use in the classroom!!!!

Freebie Fridays

All-time Best King Cake

 Riding on a float

Now, it's time for my Mardi Gras Multiplication: I have, Who Has Freebie!  Click (HERE) to download your free copy!  Enjoy!!

Laissez les bons temps rouler!!  Let the good times roll!!!

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