This past weekend I had my very first Mardi Gras experience and it was so fun! I spent the weekend in Lafayette, Louisiana and little did I know I was going to experience Mardi Gras. I will be completely honest and thought Mardi Gras was one day, one day only on Fat Tuesday. Nope, if you are like me and have no clue it runs from January 6th until Fat Tuesday every year.
I was in town from Thursday until Sunday morning and I think I had seafood for almost every meal and it was so amazing! Being from Oklahoma I don't get to have seafood a ton and if I do its certainly not fresh seafood. However, even with king cake for breakfast and delicious dinners one after another I did fairly well on my diet. I even weighed in three pounds down at the gym Monday after getting back. PS, if you are close by or visiting Lafayette I highly recommend Jolie's Louisiana Bistro...and do splurge and get the crab cakes with lump crab on top and order the Gouda mac and cheese for me! I had one bite and wanted to dive face first in...I refrained.
I was a little anxious about attending my first Mardi Gras parade on Saturday evening but was prepared to walk away without beads if it meant I would be flashing parade floats. I am happy to report that the Krewe of Carnivale En Rio Parade was a very family friendly parade and I ended up with more beads than I know what to do with and my shirt stayed on the entire time. From what I hear Lafayette is much more tame than New Orleans...do I have any Cajun readers that know more about this? I will say even as tame as it was it was still great people watching!
It was another short weekend trip but it was fun and I am so glad to be able to say I have experienced Mardi Gras now. Maybe next time I will be more experienced and catch more of the beads flying at my face 20 mph, ouch!