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It’s Carnival Time

February 16th, 2010 · 14 Comments


Mardi Gras Sugars

First, I will share with you some of New Orleans Mardi Gras music with a few videos of famous New Orleans musicians. Then you can view what New Orleans Mardi Gras looked like in 1941, sixty-nine years ago. Next is a list of all the parades in New Orleans today, starting with Zulu and ending with truck parades. Then you will need to take a quiz. Yes folks, there is a test on today’s blog, it is a Mardi Gras Quiz on, Foods of New Orleans. All quizes will be graded at the end of class! But, if you need help I have plenty of links to Mardi Gras food sites that can help you answer all the quiz questions. And then we wrap up with all the previous Mardi Gras links in the series.

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These are some of the lyrics from the song “It’s Carnival Time” made famous by Al Johnson, and featured in the video below. Al is singing at a Louisiana Music awards, after being inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame.

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The Mardi Gras Series

Join me with Drick Perry and his Drick’s Rambling Café as we celebrate the Mardi Gras season while he reports on the Mobile, AL festivities, and you can view today’s post on Fat Tuesday, and follow along with the Cajun Chef Ryan blog as we feature the New Orleans Mardi Gras.

New Orleans is famous for not only the wonderful food, but the great music and spirit too, one of the great traditions about Mardi Gras in New Orleans is the wonderful music, and here is Dr. John, singing Mardi Gras Mambo…

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New Orleans Mardi Gras Day Parade Schedule

The big day is finally here, and today marks the biggest day of the Mardi Gras holiday carnival celebrations. Traditionally the Krewe of Zulu rolls early in the morning, around 8:15 am in Uptown and their most famous throw is the decorated coconut.

The schedule parades for Mardi Gras day in the metro New Orleans area are listed below, but for full coverage with live web cams on some parades goto and their New Orleans Mardi Gas 2010 page:

Orleans Parish

• Zulu – Uptown, 8:15 a.m.
• Rex – Uptown, 10 a.m.
• Elks Orleans – Uptown – after Rex
• Crescent City – Uptown – after Elks | Watch live Argus – Metairie, 10 a.m.
• Elks Jefferson – after Argus
• Jefferson Trucks – after Elks

West Bank

• Grela – West Bank, 11 a.m.
• Bes – West Bank, after Grela

St. Tammany Parish

• Lions – Covington, 10 a.m.
• Covington – after Lions
• Chahta – Lacombe, 1 p.m.
• Folsom – Folsom, 1:30 p.m.

Here is what New Orleans Mardi Gras looked like sixty-nine years ago in 1941…

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Mardi Gras Food

First, take the Mardi Gras Quiz on, Foods of New Orleans, see if you know your Mardi Gras foods! Of course, I got a 10 out 10 correct.

Mardi Gras Quiz: Foods of New Orleans

And now, some of the great Mardi Gras foods, another New Orleans tradition and heritage.

Tom Fitzmorris is a local New Orleans food critic; media personality with a weekday radio show devoted to food appropriately named “The Food Show”, and author, here is his take on Mardi Gras foods with A New Mardi Gras Idea, and Today’s Food Almanac too!

Doug DuCap from Hugging the Coast blog has a great list of seafood recipes for Lent (which starts tomorrow) 18 Inspiring Seafood Recipes for Lent (Or Just For Fun)

In addition, if you are looking for some good old New Orleans recipes, the Picayune Creole Cook Book is available on Google Books; check out Doug’s post on Read a Cookbook for Free: The Picayune Creole Cook Book.

And finally, here is Doug’s collection of memorable Mardi Gras Recipes, Memorable Mardi Gras Recipes: Celebrating Fat Tuesday in Style

Other Mardi Gras recipe resources:

Entries Tagged as ‘Mardi Gras’ on the CCR blog

Mardi Gras Celebration – Louisiana Recipes and Food Traditions –

Mardi Gras Recipes on


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More about this series:

New Orleans Mardi Gras Food Images

King Cake freshly iced and sugared A slice of King Cake
King Cake freshly
iced and sugared
A slice of King Cake
Crawfish Bisque Roast Beef Po-Boy
Crawfish Bisque Roast Beef Po-Boy
Gumbo Tasso
Pot of Gumbo Tasso
Beignets Maple Chili Wings
Beignets Maple Chili Wings
Oysters Rockefeller Jambalaya
Oysters Rockefeller Jambalaya

Tags: Mardi Gras

14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Drick // Feb 16, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    great, great coverage of New Orleans – I really have enjoyed doing this series with you. You are not just a pro but a great guy and I’m glad I’ve gotten to know you. Thanks for your help and now, it’s time to party…

  • 2 Ryan Boudreaux // Feb 16, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    Drick, you are so right! The P-A-R-T-Y is on my friend! I agree, it has been a joy sharing with you, this amazing tradition and history of Mardi Gras food, culture, heritage, music and fun!
    Happy Mardi Gras!!!


  • 3 Ed Schenk // Feb 16, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Great post. You really brought Mardi Gras all together!
    The quiz ? 10 for 10 Way to easy!

  • 4 Ryan Boudreaux // Feb 16, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Good job on the quiz Ed, and I thought so too! But, if you know your ingredients there should be no need for study on this one!

  • 5 5 Star Foodie // Feb 16, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Happy Mardi Gras! Thank you for a wonderful series of posts and have a terrific celebration!

  • 6 Dawn@CocinaSavant // Feb 16, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    HAPPY MARDI GRAS!! Everything looks wonderful! We’ve enjoyed your collaboration so much, even though we’ve barely gotten a chance to comment, we’ve devoured all of your posts & pictures 🙂

  • 7 pegasuslegend // Feb 16, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    thanks for letting us be part of this wonderful festive party! Love the journey been a blast!

  • 8 Trix // Feb 16, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    Happy Mardi Gras! This has been such an awesome series, and you and Drick have done a fantastic job and taught us all a lot. Thank you for your effort, it’s very much appreciated!

  • 9 redkathy // Feb 16, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Hey Ryan Love the videos! I let the music play while reading your super coverage. Great Mardi Gras spirit. Thanks for sharing the fun with us!

  • 10 The Chocolate Priestess // Feb 16, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    You had a very full day and evening.

    I hope it went great!

  • 11 penny aka jeroxie // Feb 17, 2010 at 6:36 am

    Happy Mardi Gras! Seems like so much fun. So vibrant and alive.

  • 12 Doc // Feb 17, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Thanks Chef,
    You are making miss the fact I am not there!

  • 13 Jessie // Feb 18, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    I just love Mardi Gras! I wish I could be in New Orleans during this time of the year, so much great food and festivities

  • 14 Arthur Breaux // Aug 3, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Mais cher…. Vous n’avez pas un gumbo voici!