003 – It’s Carnival Time in New Orleans!

Beyond Bourbon Street is the podcast where we explore the food, music, places, people and events that make New Orleans unique. Whether you are planning a trip, currently living in New Orleans or simply wanting a taste of the Crescent City from wherever you are, you’ve come to the right place!

During today’s episode we discuss the history of carnival and twelfth night in New Orleans. Along the way, Mark talks about king cakes, Mardi Gras, parades and masquerade balls. And, if you stick around past the closing music, there might be some lagniappe!

To order king cakes, try one of Mark’s favorites:

Haydel’s Bakery
4037 Jefferson Hwy.
New Orleans, LA  70121

Manny Randazzo’s King Cakes
3515 N. Hullen Street
Metairie, LA 70002

Joe Gambino’s Bakery
4821 Veterans Memorial Blvd.
Metairie, LA 70006

For information about purchasing the traditional French King Cakes or Galette des Rois discussed in the show, try one of these two bakeries, or both!

La Boulangerie
(504) 269-3777
4600 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA  70115
Maurice French Pastries
(504) 885-1526
3501 Hessmer
Metairie, LA  70002

Late edition!!  I had a galette des rois @GraciousBakery after this episode was published and it was delicious!  Check them out here:
Gracious Bakery + Cafe
(504) 301-3709
1000 S. Jeff Davis Pkwy, Ste. 100
New Orleans, LA  70125
Here’s a picture from the incredible collection of 20,000 king cake favors on display at the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions in Blain, France.  You can find out more about this wonderful little museum at their website:
king cake favors on display at the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions in Blain, France

King cake favors on display at the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions in Blain, France

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Thanks for listening!


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