D'Iberville Mardi Gras Parade

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While it's not the biggest parade on the Coast, those who attended all agree Bay St. Louis is the place to be on Fat Tuesday. King cakes can be hard to find outside of New Orleans, but there are plenty of ways to make a variation on the classic treat. Bake cupcakes or cookies in the iconic colors of Mardi Gras to capture the festiveness of a king cake in a simpler dessert.

By tradition, Mardi Gras, which is French for "Fat Tuesday", is a day that calls for excessive partying in preparation for the somber season of sacrifice to follow. It is the day before Ash Wednesday, which marks the start of Christian Lent season leading up to Easter.

Fat Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday. While some kids get excited about that, others not so much.

Where to stay? It's Mardi Gras, so go all out!

The parades, however, are not just a time for celebration, especially at this year's festivities, which started Friday and end Tuesday.

Tisch freshman Abby Tawiah doesn't feel that she can personally identify with Mardi Gras.

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"I always talk to them about the Mardi Gras traditions", Evans said. "I'm from West Africa and have no family from here". Does that mean I'm going to drink so much until I can't walk?' " Lasof said.

Also known as Carnival, it's celebrated in New Orleans in a huge way, a most known, hence Havre de Grace with her Bourbon Street, just like New Orleans in Louisiana, throws a parade and celebration along that route.

The Krewe of Okeanos King Marc Vennart celebrates before leaving for New Orleans Mardi Gras at Lola's in Summerlin on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018.

"It has been said that a Scotchman has not seen the world until he has seen Edinburgh; and I think that I may say that an American has not seen the United States until he has seen Mardi-Gras in New Orleans".

He mentioned the colorful decorations, incorporating the cultural staples: purples, greens and golds.

The aroma of freshly-baked pastries filled the air at the Downtown Soup Kitchen Hope Center Monday afternoon, and purple, green and gold icing was being dribbled and slung across the tops of some scrumptious-looking, round confections. This cake, rich in color and flavor, originated in France in 1870 as a cross between a coffee cake and a French pastry. But over the years I've noticed that what you give says more about you than it does about your love. King cakes commemorate the first time the three wise men saw the baby Jesus.

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