Mardi Gras spread(Photo: Blair Shiff/9NEWS)
KUSA - It’s Fat Tuesday -- the day that people from the Deep South celebrate with a parade or two, lots of beads and
food that won’t stop – until midnight which is the start of Lent.
Mardi Gras refers to events of the Carnival celebrations beginning after the Christian feasts of the Epiphany (Three King’s Day) and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday.
The earliest reference to Mardi Gras appears in a 1781 report to the Spanish colonial governing body. That year, the first if hundreds of clubs and carnival organizations formed in New Orleans. Most Mardi Gras krewes today developed from the clubs with restrictive membership policies. Since all these parade organizations are completely funded by their members, New Orleanians call it the “Greatest Free Show on Earth!”
Here in Denver, Bayou Bob has been serving up Cajun and southern dishes since 1986. Tuesday marks one of his busiest days of the year, but Bob took some time this morning to put a little south in our mouth by serving up some boiled crawfish, barbecue shrimp and a little crawfish etouffee.
Laissez les bon temps rouler – or let the good times roll!
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