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Mardi Gras Dinner

posted Feb 25, 2017, 8:50 AM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Feb 25, 2017, 8:50 AM ]
Did you RSVP yet for the parish Mardi Gras Dinner? Hurry! Do it by tomorrow!

As we did last year, some members of our music ministry are rehearsing a few of the most popular songs you hear at Mardi Gras to perform live for you that night! “Iko Iko”, made famous by the Dixie Cups, tells of a parade collision between two “tribes” of Mardi Gras Indians, and mimics the language of the Native American tribes that helped runaway slaves escape. The Hawketts, a high school group that would later mutate into the Neville Brothers, recorded “Mardi Gras Mambo.” The first zydeco recording to become an international hit was “Don’t Mess with My Toot-Toot”, a Cajun term of endearment meaning sweetheart, as in mà chere tout-tout.

And as we prepare music, you need to prepare by either buying or baking a King Cake. Going to a Mardi Gras party without King Cake is like a birthday party without birthday cake!! King cake is an oval braided cinnamon pastry, iced in the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold; representing justice, faith and power. A small, plastic baby is hidden inside before it’s frosted, and the person who finds the baby is “king” for the day, and must either provide the next king cake or host the next party. And whoever gets a baby on Mardi Gras day starts the tradition all over again next January 6!