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February 05, 2008



Once again, just spoke to my sister about her life living in New Orleans. She went to the parade last night (Harry Connick Jr. was the Master of Ceremonies) and she lost her voice then stated that it was the most fun she'd ever had in her whole life.

Let's both plan to be there next year, shall we?? I'm willing to risk my life to catch a coconut at the Zulu parade if you are!


I've never participated in Lent. Ever. But I do wish you loads of luck with it!


Dang, Cherry Chocolate Dr. Pepper counts as dessert, too?!? I haven't tried it, but I have been looking for it at every convenience store around the office.


I used to give up desserts for Lent every year and then I sort of gave it up too. I'm considering doing something again this year but I don't know what.

I think it takes getting away from your home town to really appreciate it. I totally get it.


My husband is from Louisiana and I wanted to get him a King cake for Mardi Gras and all the ones I found had the baby sitting on top of the cake. It irritated me, so sadly my husband gets no king cake this year.

Old Warrior

Very sad about the baby not being pre-hidden in the King Cake anymore, Miriam, but thank the trial lawyers. Shyster lawyers collected big bucks from bakers after the poor stupid public found out that biting into a baby and breaking a tooth or choking equated to winning the lottery. So now, hiding the baby is up to you so you can be sued instead of the bakery.

Fraulein N

You guys know how to party. You got to take off for Mardi Gras? That's so awesome.


Awww, well, if it makes you feel any better, I'm not at the parades today either. You do know you can order Gambino's king cakes online, don't you?

Ah, yes, Lent. I'm foregoing chocolate this year. My posts are definitely going to be edgy and dark for the next forty days... sigh.


I found it kind of cute and charming that they make a feeble attempt at Mardi Gras here in Cape Girardeau. Some students had on Mardi Gras beads, and people were talking about how it was Fat Tuesday... but nobody knew what King Cake was! I brought one to school and they were all so excited and impressed. It made me proud to be a Louisiana girl!


Okay, you just made me supremely homesick. Thanks a lot! What I wouldn't give for a raspberry cream cheese king cake right now...


I marched in the Zulu parade once. There was terrible traffic and the parade stopped. A few guys were playing and saw my father's trumpet. They convinced him to play (and were surprised when they heard him--he kicks ass). When the traffic let up, the men made us walk with them. My father wouldn't let me stay where I was without him, so off we marched. Two very white folks marching in the Zulu least Poppa was playing the trumpet.

(My uncle called the faux pearls his "tit beads".)


Laissez les bons temps rouler! I love Louisiana too (went to Tulane). I miss Mardi Gras but I know it wouldn't be the same if I went back. Namely, I am not a drunk college girl anymore! :)


Oh, lent! I always seem to forget when it begins, and end up wishing that I had participated in it.

Good luck with the ban on dessert!


One of my old bosses in Ohio was from the south, and every year his mom would send up a King Cake for Mardi Gras. We were all big fans of it.

Princess of the Universe

Cherry Chocolate Dr. Pepper?? Mmmm...

L the D

My Mardi Gras celebration this year was limited to the kiddie parade at the church, so I'm feeling you. At least we had real jambalaya . . .


Those chocolate cupcakes from Starbucks look to be sent from the devil. I've not yet tried them, but have drooled over the idea many times. I'm afraid that they'd be my addiction of the year if I gave in.

I'm TOTALLY loving the skinny mocha. Guilt-free chocolate. Never knew there could be such a thing. sigh....


I'm late on this one but I can now say that I've lived Mardi Gras vicariously through this great post. And I learned something new too! Sorry there was no parade and celebration of the masses before the days of no dessert. Good luck!

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