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Ideas for celebrating Mardi Gras in the Triangle

Posted February 9, 2021 9:15 a.m. EST
Updated February 9, 2021 12:32 p.m. EST

— Mardi Gras isn't just for those in New Orleans. And with Louisiana parades canceled due to COVID-19 anyway, everyone is looking for alternative ways to celebrate.

In New Orleans, many people have turned their homes into "house floats," decorating the outside with elaborate displays reminiscent of a traditional Mardi Gras parade float.

But just because your house isn't a "float" doesn't mean you can't get into the spirit on or before Mardi Gras Day, Feb. 16.

Here are some ideas that will help spice up that Fat Tuesday celebration in the Triangle:

First you need to get some authentic food. Here is a recipe for King Cake that will help you recreate some of that carnival food.

If you don't want to make your own, you can usually find them at Publix, Wal-Mart, Lowes Foods and Whole Foods. You can also find them at La Farm Bakery (4248 NW Cary Pkwy, Cary). Great Harvest Bread Company and Sweet Traditions by LeAne are also offering King Cakes this year.

For some New Orleans' style cuisine, check out Hummingbird, St. Roch and The Big Easy and Crab Du Jour in Raleigh, Imbibe in Chapel Hill, Hook & Reel Cajun Seafood Bar in Durham and Fayetteville, The Big Easy Oven and Tap in Cary and Cajun Crab House in Raleigh and Chapel Hill.

Acme Food and Beverage in Carrboro is offering a Mardi Gras Staycation Meal from Feb. 11-14 and Feb. 18-21. The take-out only menu is $70 and serves two people. It includes crawfish handpies, red beans and rice, gumbo, King Cake bread pudding and a variety of New Orleans' style drinks including The Hurricane.

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