The story of Cajun Mardi Gras - how do you celebrate Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday?
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- What's Cajun Mardi Gras? Here's the story
- Feb 13 2021
I see @mycketforvirrad's post about Swedish Fat Tuesday celebration. It made me want to hear how everyone else that celebrates does so! The short video tells the side of the Cajun Mardi Gras, or what my friends and I would call "rural" Mardi Gras, since it mainly takes place in smaller communities. It's a pretty dramatic departure from the floats and pomp in New Orleans, and while rife with its own regressive issues, it's a cultural touchstone that I wanted to share with you all.
Louisiana Mardi Gras is double canceled this year due to an ice storm and COVID, which I'm sure has cancelled many other religious and non-religious celebrations world wide. Today is also my birthday, and at least as I celebrate from the cold north, I have strannge solace knowing my family and friends back home have the same weather on their Mardi Gras. Just another 35 years until my birthday falls on Mardi Gras again...
Here in Chicago we have "Paczki Day", named after the Polish filled donut. It took me longer than I would like to admit growing up to even realize Paczki Day and Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras were the same thing! My understanding is that it is celebrated in other areas with large Polish communities, but I personally have only ever seen Paczki in Chicago and the suburbs. Here is a nice article on the tradition.
I ate one of those today! My friend's grandparents used to have them (they were Polish), so she had one delivered to my apartment as a cross-over gift.
For a deeper dive into Cajun Mardi Gras, here's Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown episode on Cajun Mardi Gras.