Carnival Traditions Around the World: Part 1

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Carnival Traditions Around the World: Part 1 While perhaps the epicenter, New Orleans is by no means the only place in the world to celebrate Mardi Gras.  We are but one of many Mardi parties that take place across not only countries but continents.  Varying from India to Germany, Canada to Belgium, carnival celebrations occur […]

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Powdered Sugar Pillows: The History of the Beignet

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We New Orleanians are often asked, what’s all this beignet business?  We send visitors home with carefully packaged beignet mix souvenirs, direct tourists towards Cafe du Monde for the perfect late night French Quarter eat, and take photographs of those bright smiles adorned with powdered sugar mustaches.  But for people who don’t live in the […]

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Fleur-De-Lis: How It Came to Be

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France, Florence, or Catholicism: Where Did the New Orleanian Fleur-de-Lis Come From? It’s no secret that New Orleans is rife with the symbol of the fleur-de-lis, adorning wrought iron fences around the city, present on almost every tourist souvenir, and of course emblazoned on Saints helmets.  But its history is more convoluted than w e […]

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