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Mardi Gras

Food & Drink

Chef David Guas’ King Cake

A classic Mardi Gras treat from the owner of Arlington, Virginia’s, Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery

Arts & Culture

The Wildly Creative Way New Orleans is Celebrating Mardi Gras

If parades can’t roll and we can’t leave the house, we’ll make Mardi Gras happen in—and on—our own homes

Arts & Culture

Why Do King Cakes Have Plastic Babies Hidden Inside?

A look at how the Mardi Gras tradition came to be (and no, it doesn’t have anything to do with baby Jesus)

Arts & Culture

Mardi Gras with My Dad and the Revelers We May Never Know

In a year unlike any other, a writer discovers a hidden trove of his father’s photographs—and unearths a vintage view of New Orleans

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Food & Drink

Our Favorite Mardi Gras Recipes

Twenty tasty ways to celebrate Carnival season

Southern Focus

A Glimpse at Courir de Mardi Gras

Get to know the Cajun tradition that starts with homemade costumes and ends with a big bowl of communal gumbo

Arts & Culture

Meet Mardi Gras’ Brand New Krewe

An all-female krewe brings Mardi Gras spirit to New Orleans East for the first time in thirty years

Anatomy of a Classic

How to Make Crawfish Étouffée

An Alabama chef with New Orleans roots shares his take on classic crawfish étouffée

Food & Drink

What Locals Serve at Mardi Gras

New Orleans insiders reveal what’s really on their tables—and bars—during Carnival

Drinks

Carnival Punch

Hosts in New Orleans serve this festive batch cocktail during parade watch parties

Drinks

Ojen Cocktail

A liqueur with Spanish roots makes for a favorite Mardi Gras drink

Food & Drink

Creole Jambalaya

A classic Louisiana recipe from the Brennan family of New Orleans

Drinks

Brennan’s Milk Punch

The morning sipper of choice in New Orleans, with your pick of bourbon or brandy

Drinks

Emeril Lagasse’s Cajun Bloody Mary

A super spicy kicked-up eye-opener

Arts & Culture

Mardi Gras Beyond New Orleans

While the Big Easy lays claim to the largest celebration, these five other Southern locales honor long-standing carnival traditions of their own

Food & Drink

Mail-Order King Cakes

A taste of Mardi Gras delivered

Southern Focus

A Dazzling Mardi Gras Spectacle

A New Orleans tradition—Mardi Gras Indians

Ask G&G

Herd Mentality

Hip livestock, crape MURDER, and NOLA outlaws

Food & Drink

Dirty Rice

Chef Isaac Toups dishes on a Cajun mainstay

Drinks

The Zombie: Classic Cocktail with a Southern Twist

This drink fueled the mid-twentieth-century tiki craze. But the original recipe was lost for decades—until a New Orleans cocktail historian decoded it