How To Celebrate Mardi Gras At Home | Ways To Honor Mardi Gras
If you are someone who is afraid to go out to mingle with the ceremony, or due to Covid-19 restrictions on crowding, then celebrating Mardi Gras at your home is fantastic. We’ll share some ways to enjoy the festive atmosphere right in your living room. Let’s explore together.
- New Orlean Dishes
Learn a few festival-related dishes and cook them at home, or order them on the Internet. Then enjoy the food you like. We will give you a few suggestions of dishes related to Mardi Gras
Shrimp and grits:
This Creole classic is something you can certainly cook up on your own at home, but it would be more fun to order up from a restaurant you love.
Po’boys and muffulettas:
These two iconic sandwiches are the twin pillars of New Orleans casual eating. Said to have been invented during New Orleans’ 1929 streetcar strike, the po’boy is a hearty sandwich on a soft stretch of French bread that can feature any meat or seafood.
To experience the original muffuletta sandwich, head to where it was invented: Central Grocery & Deli, open in the French Quarter since 1906. The Sicilian owner’s creation for farmers who wanted a hearty lunch of meats and cheeses, the historic sandwich layers ham, salami, mortadella, Swiss and provolone with a marinated olive salad on a round sesame loaf.
A ritual-linked food with roots that predate Mardi Gras, this breaded dough ring with brightly sugared vanilla icing is now practically the symbol of Mardi Gras season, and loads of New Orleans bakeries offer delicious variations. The confection has a small plastic baby tucked inside, and whoever gets the slice that contains it is said to receive good luck and is crowned the king or queen of the day.
If you like a cocktail, you will feel right at home in New Orleans, so make some plans to stir (or shake) up a celebratory drink in honor of Mardi Gras.
Here are three classics to consider:
The cocktail most linked with New Orleans, this boozy relative of Manhattan with absinthe as its secret weapon is the ideal sipper during Mardi Gras.
Spirits expert (and NOLA resident) Wayne Curtis unearthed this very Mardi Gras cocktail that nearly disappeared when the sweet Spanish licorice liqueur that distinguished it ceased production (don’t worry, it’s back).
Ramos gin fizz:
According to cocktail guru Simon Difford, this foamy masterpiece invented in New Orleans in 1888 by Henry Ramos was originally named the New Orleans fizz and quickly became a popular drink in the city. In the 1930s, the outsize Louisiana governor Huey P. Long loved his gin fizzes so much, he sent a New Orleans bartender from the Fairmont Hotel to Manhattan’s New Yorker Hotel to train the staff to make the drink for when Long was in town.
- Celebrate Mardi Gras from your living room
Liven up your weekend and Fat Tuesday with some fun. Check out these five Big Easy ways to tune into the party from the comfort of your sofa.
Watch a NOLA film:
According to a historian, Mardi Gras has featured in more than 200 movies. Choose a film and watch it with your family, friends in your living room.
Tune in to Mardi Gras for All Y’all:
Get a piece of some NOLA Mardi Gras magic by tuning into this three-day virtual event. The event will feature artists, chefs and personalities at famous NOLA spots including Mardi Gras World (where the floats are created), Antoine’s, Dooky Chase’s and more.