Without a doubt, the biggest party of the winter is Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Bourbon Street is flooded with excited, merry revelers as they have one last bash before the subdued Christian holiday known as Lent. And though parades, parties, and booze are tons of fun, the real highlight of New Orleans is the cuisine.
There’s plenty of fresh seafood bounty to be had, from a hearty seafood gumbo to a fried spicy whitefish, and even some NOLA-inspired barbecue clams for the Northerners out there. And, of course, no Mardi Gras party would be complete without Louisiana specialties such as the muffuletta, perfectly fried beignets, or the classic purple, gold, and green king cake (complete with a plastic baby).
So, mix up some hurricanes, turn up the jazz and get ready for a feast fit for a Mardi Gras king.