NOLA, not shot ON Mardi Gras! Want to see the real deal in real time? Travel on over to Carla’s One Wild and Precious Life blog with parades, floats and beads, dogs dressed up and crazy fun, her mom visiting (from my old hometown in Jersey-WOOT!) for her first Mardi Gras. You will enjoy seeing Mardi Gras as it happens. My photos shot when I was visiting for a photography show at New Orleans Photo Alliance in June 2009.
You wait until the bubbles start and edge looks like it is starting to get a bit dry. The center set. Tradition to eat pancakes the day before Lent. Growing up and living next door to the church in the rectory, you remember stuff like the Pancake Suppers in the undercroft (what they called the church basement). Everywhere now you hear Mardi Gras for Fat Tuesday but not so much about Shrove Tuesday. And of course the IHOP just claims it is Pancake Day as if they invented the tradition.
Real maple syrup from the jug.