Mardi Gras http://wrkf.org en Throw Me Something (Again), Mister: Mardi Gras Beads Revived http://wrkf.org/post/throw-me-something-again-mister-mardi-gras-beads-revived In Louisiana, Mardi Gras comes each year with dozens of parades filled with marching bands, colorful floats and parade-goers who scream, "Throw me something, Mister!"<p>That "something" the crowd wants are beads. The goal of any Mardi Gras parade is to catch as many as possible. After the revelry, people often have so many beads around their necks they can barely turn their heads.<p>The problem is that when it's over, well, you're left with a bunch of plastic beads. Everyone in Louisiana has their own way of coping with this. Sun, 02 Mar 2014 12:20:00 +0000 Elizabeth Eads 23220 at http://wrkf.org Throw Me Something (Again), Mister: Mardi Gras Beads Revived Fat Tuesday: The Many Different Doughnuts Of Mardi Gras http://wrkf.org/post/fat-tuesday-many-different-doughnuts-mardi-gras The history of doughnuts is intrinsically linked to the celebration of Mardi Gras. "Fat Tuesday" — the Christian day of revelry and indulgence before the austere season of Lent — features dough deep-fried in fat as its main staple.<p>Among the first foods to be deep-fried were Roman <em>scriblita</em>, a precursor to today's doughnuts and fritters. Originating in the medieval era, most Christian European traditions have developed a version of fried dough for Shrove Tuesday (another name for the day before Lent starts). Wed, 26 Feb 2014 23:52:51 +0000 Emily Hilliard 23109 at http://wrkf.org Fat Tuesday: The Many Different Doughnuts Of Mardi Gras The 'Baby Dolls' Of Mardi Gras A Fun Tradition With A Serious Side http://wrkf.org/post/baby-dolls-mardi-gras-fun-tradition-serious-side Just inside a room on the second floor of the Louisiana State Museum's Presbytere, there's a large baby doll dress, big enough for a woman to wear. And one did.<p>The costume and the baby bottle next to it belonged to 85-year-old Miriam Batiste Reed, who was known as a baby doll and one of the first women to parade in Mardi Gras. The bottle and the dress are part of a new exhibition, <em>They Call Me Baby Doll: A Mardi Gras Tradition</em>.<p>"The baby dolls are a group of African-American men and women carnival maskers," says Kim Vaz, dean at Xavier University. Sat, 16 Feb 2013 10:16:00 +0000 editor 6285 at http://wrkf.org The 'Baby Dolls' Of Mardi Gras A Fun Tradition With A Serious Side Pink Chicken Feet Honor Spanish Town Parade Mainstay http://wrkf.org/post/pink-chicken-feet-honor-spanish-town-parade-mainstay <p>Pink plastic chicken feet were tossed from several floats at the 33rd Spanish Town parade. The unusual throws were an homage to a board member of the Society for the Preservation of Lagniappe in Louisiana who knew how to be creative with limited resources. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 15:39:10 +0000 Jarondakie Patrick 6195 at http://wrkf.org Pink Chicken Feet Honor Spanish Town Parade Mainstay Mardi Gras Merriment Beyond Bourbon Street Festivities http://wrkf.org/post/mardi-gras-merriment-beyond-bourbon-street-festivities It's Fat Tuesday, the final day of indulgence before the fasting and penance of Lent begins. Tue, 12 Feb 2013 17:53:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 6089 at http://wrkf.org Mardi Gras Merriment Beyond Bourbon Street Festivities Meet The Calas, A New Orleans Treat That Helped Free Slaves http://wrkf.org/post/meet-calas-new-orleans-treat-helped-free-slaves It's Mardi Gras, and down in New Orleans, the King Cakes, beignets and other gustatory delights are flowing freely. But if you prefer your culinary temptations with a side of history, allow me to introduce you to the calas, a Creole rice fritter with a storied past.<p>Never heard of a calas? Neither had I, until I listened to New Orleans food expert <a href="http://www.poppytooker.com/Home.html">Poppy Tooker</a> rhapsodize about their virtues on public radio <a href="http://www.splendidtable.org/episode/517">last fall</a>. Tue, 12 Feb 2013 16:30:00 +0000 editor 6076 at http://wrkf.org Meet The Calas, A New Orleans Treat That Helped Free Slaves High School Marching Bands Lay Down The Beat Of Mardi Gras http://wrkf.org/post/high-school-marching-bands-lay-down-beat-mardi-gras In less than an hour, the McDonogh 35 High School marching band — including the flag girls, the dance team, the majorettes, the color guard and the actual band — needs to be on the parade route five miles away. It's the peak of Carnival season in New Orleans, and high school marching bands form the backbeat of Mardi Gras.<p>But some kids can't find their uniforms. In the parking lot outside, the color guard is all out of sync. Sun, 10 Feb 2013 15:52:00 +0000 editor 5984 at http://wrkf.org High School Marching Bands Lay Down The Beat Of Mardi Gras WEDNESDAY: BTR's Jim Caldwell, Author Kim Marie Vaz, Commentator Bruce Herschensohn http://wrkf.org/post/wednesday-btrs-jim-caldwell-author-kim-marie-vaz-commentator-bruce-herschensohn <p>Jim Caldwell, with Baton Rouge Metro Airport,&nbsp; shares what's going on there.</p><p>Kim Marie Vaz, author of "The Baby Dolls", talks about the African American heritage of Mardi Gras.</p><p>Political commentator Bruce Herschensohn shares his concerns over the selection of Senator Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense.</p><p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 17:29:16 +0000 Jim Engster 5753 at http://wrkf.org