Celebrate Mardi Gras with our New Orleans-style party. Complete with music, beads, and King Cake.
Party is Free
Main Senior Entrée:
Jambalaya, Red Beans and Rice, Whipped Sweet Potatoes, and King Cake
Did you know...
- Mardi Gras means “Fat Tuesday”. The date can fall between February 3 and March 9 depending on the lunar calendar used by the Catholic Church to determine the date of Easter. Mardi Gras is always 47 days before Easter Sunday.
- Every year a king and a queen reign for the parade. The floats are decorated to depict different themes. People who belong to the krewe ride on the floats and throw beads, doubloons, cups, and trinkets to the crowd.
- People dress in outlandish outfits and costumes for Mardi Gras. Many restaurants and bars have competitions for the best or most outrageous costumes.
- The official colors for Mardi Gras are purple, green, and gold. These colors were chosen in 1872 by Rex, the King of Carnival. The colors stand for the following: Purple represents justice, Green stands for faith, Gold stands for power
- As part of the celebration of Mardi Gras, it is traditional to bake an oval cake in honor of the three kings – the King Cake. Each cake is decorated in the traditional Mardi Gras colors. A small baby, symbolizing the baby Jesus is baked into each cake. The person who finds the baby will be rewarded with good luck and is crowned “King or Queen”. Tradition says they will bring the King Cake to the next gathering.
Lowe Center - Cassopolis, Front Street Crossing - Dowagiac