Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Despite Everything that Happened Today....

Despite every craptastic thing that happened today (frozen um... everything, bloody filing fingers, slow drivers taking up 2 lanes... really depsite it all)...

Today is a BEAUTIFUL day.
Wanna know why?!

((SKing + Me - Mardi Gras 2009))

It's KINGS DAY!
As in the FIRST DAY OF MARDI GRAS!

Oh yes... It's upon us! and for those of you who no nothing about Mardi Gras - or for those of you who know it as "binge drinking on Bourbon" consider Dixie Lust as your one-stop Mardi Gras Education headquarters. From Mardi Gras trees to the second line, from Al Hirt to Bacchus, from Krewes to King Cake - I'm covering it all!

And now is not the time to hold on y'all so we'll start with Kings Day!

If you're wondering how we Loozianians know it's time to start partying or how we know our favorite bakery is whipping up King Cakes, let moi explain.

Today is the twelfth day of Christmas or for the Christian folk, the Epiphany...which in part celebrates the three Magi or the three Kings visiting the baby Jesus. Here in Louisiana, the Epiphany or King's Day is known to mark the start of the Mardi Gras season. While a lot of people know Mardi Gras as Mardi Gras Tuesday - the day before Ash Wednesday, we actually celebrate for a couple weeks. The time between Kings Day and Mari Gras Tuesday is jam packed with masquerade balls, parades, and my favorite - king cakes! And while Mardi Gras is celebrated all throughout the Southern Gulf Coast, tonight the New Orleans Krewe Phunny Phorty Phellows will commandeer a streetcar for its traditional stroll through Uptown to announce the Carnival Season.

Laissez les bon temps rouler, y'all!

12 comments:

~KS said...

First... is that you in that mask?? Holy gorgeous amazing eyes and!!

And so fun to learn more about your traditions. I had no idea Mardi Gras started already... wow!! I so wish I could be down there to celebrate! Someday...

Gabby said...

I'm so excited to learn about Mardi Gras! And I need to try a king cake asap!

Karls said...

Thanks for the education! Obviously Ash Wednesday is quite different to Ash Wednesday here... the day half of Victoria went up in smoke. And Mardi Gras is also a much different festival here - it's held in Sydney and is a celebration of gay love. Ahhhh... how things can have such different meanings across the water!

Happy Mardi Gras! Go get sloshed on bourbon now!

Marguerite said...

Kee-awwww, cher! Looking good and I can't wait to read your posts about Mardi Gras! I will be making quite a few of those myself, again this year. Happy Mardi Gras, cher!!

Lace said...

Happy Kings Day! Gosh I love Mardi Gras time :)

Thank you so much for your sweet comment, darlin'. So blessed to have all of you amazing bloggy friends!

KatieSPerk said...

mmmmmm King Cake. Now I am drooling. Great.

katie said...

i didnt know kings day started it off...i guess i didnt pay enough attention in catholic school. i wish i had a king cake :(

Summer (BisforBrown) said...

i cannot wait ladycakes!

our friends have a MG party every year up here. love it.

love you.

Krysten Hartenstein said...

Sounds like tons of fun!

Jo said...

Woohoo! Let it all begin! I'm so excited to learn all about Mardi Gras!!
Gorgeous mask, and even more gorgeous eyes, by the way!!
xox

Miss Emily Anne said...

I was home in NOLA this weekend, and picked up a Randazzo's King Cake!! It's almost gone...

OceanDreams said...

What a gorgeous mask, you look so pretty! I love how much you love Mardi Gras.