Mardi Gras Bracelet and Necklace coming soon!
Our friends over at 925SilverJewelry.US are designing a Mardi Gras silver jewelry bracelet and necklace exclusively for us. I am beyond excited to receive mine and can’t wait to post photos of it and I am equally excited to wear it during Mardi Gras and beyond!
148 days until Fat Tuesday but we all know that the parades begin long before Fat Tuesday.
This year the parades begin January 26th and run through Fat Tuesday (February 13th). Check here for the latest parade updates.
We are starting to plan our trip down for the festivities. Since we have moved to Pennsylvania, we will be flying into New Orleans and renting a car. Last year, we drove and spent half of our time in Mobile then the other half across the bay at Daphne. We have started our search early this year at AirBNB.com for accommodations since accommodations go quickly during the days around Fat Tuesday.
It is a celebration and people come from all over. Many come for a day trip while others like myself come for several days leading up to the big day.
Friday, January 26, 2018
6:30 PM Conde Cavaliers Parade
Saturday, January 27, 2018
2:30 PM Bayport Parading Society Parade
6:30 PM Pharaohs’ Mystic Society Parade
7:00 PM Conde Explorers Parade
Thursday, February 1, 2018
6:30 PM Order of Polka Dots Parade
Friday, February 2, 2018
6:30 PM Order of Inca Parade
Saturday, February 3,
2:00 PM Mobile Mystics Parade
2:30 PM Mobile Mystical Revelers Parade
6:30 PM Maids of Mirth Parade
7:00 PM Order of Butterfly Maidens Parade
7:30 PM Krewe of Marry Mates Parade
Sunday, February 4, 2018
6:30 PM Neptune’s Daughters Parade
7:00 PM OOI Parade
Monday, February 5, 2018
6:30 PM Order of Venus Parade
7:00 PM Order of Many Faces
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
6:30 PM Order of LaShe’s Parade
Thursday, February 8, 2018
6:30 PM Mystic Stripers Society Parade
Friday, February 9, 2018
6:30 PM Crewe of Columbus Parade
Saturday, February 10, 2018
12:00 PM Floral Parade
12:30 PM Knights of Mobile Parade
1:00 PM Mobile Mystical Ladies
1:30 PM Order of Angels Parade
6:00 PM Mystics of Time Parade
6:30 PM Coronation of Queen to King Felix III Mobile Convention Center
Sunday, February 11, 2018
2:00 PM Arrival of King Elexis I (rolls on Route E)
2:30 PM Joe Cain Parade
5:00 PM Le Krewe de Bienville Parade
7:00 PM Coronation of King Elexis Mobile Convention Center
Monday, February 12, 2018
11:00 AM Arrival of King Felix III (Cooper Riverside Park)
12:00 PM King Felix III Parade
12:00 PM Floral Parade
3:00 PM MLK Business and Civic Organization Parade (rolls on Route D)
3:30 PM Monday Mystics Parade (rolls on Route D)
4:00 PM Northside Merchants (rolls on Route D)
7:00 PM Infant Mystics Parade (rolls on Route F)
7:30 PM Order of Doves (rolls on Route F)
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 – Mardi Gras Day FAT TUESDAY!
10:30 AM Order of Athena Parade
12:30 PM Knights of Revelry Parade
1:00 PM King Felix Parade
1:30 PM Comic Cowboys Parade
2:00 PM Mobile Area Mardi Gras Association (rolls on Route B)
6:00 PM Order of Myths Parade (rolls on Route C)
The King Cake is a braided cake much tasting like a coffee cake and it’s decorated with icing and sugar with the colors of Mardi Gras. Purple for the Justice of God, Gold for God’s power and Green for Faith in Christ. And there’s always a small plastic baby placed in the cake. The person that receives the piece of cake with baby doll is responsible for providing the cake for the next year’s celebration.
I have yet to create a King Cake but after scouring the web, found this gem of a recipe from a favorite recipe website:
1 cup milk
1/4 cup butter
2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
2/3 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
1/2 cup white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
5 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2/3 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup melted butter
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 tablespoon water
Scald milk, remove from heat and stir in 1/4 cup of butter. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in the warm water with 1 tablespoon of the white sugar. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
When yeast mixture is bubbling, add the cooled milk mixture. Whisk in the eggs. Stir in the remaining white sugar, salt and nutmeg. Beat the flour into the milk/egg mixture 1 cup at a time. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes.
Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth or plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 2 hours. When risen, punch down and divide dough in half.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease 2 cookie sheets or line with parchment paper.
To Make Filling: Combine the brown sugar, ground cinnamon, chopped pecans, 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 cup raisins. Pour 1/2 cup melted butter over the cinnamon mixture and mix until crumbly.
Roll dough halves out into large rectangles (approximately 10×16 inches or so). Sprinkle the filling evenly over the dough and roll up each half tightly like a jelly roll, beginning at the wide side. Bring the ends of each roll together to form 2 oval shaped rings. Place each ring on a prepared cookie sheet. With scissors make cuts 1/3 of the way through the rings at 1 inch intervals. Let rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Push the doll into the bottom of the cake. Frost while warm with the confectioners’ sugar blended with 1 to 2 tablespoons of water.
You can find the original recipe here: