Despite the snow we’re getting hit with AGAIN, let’s embrace Mardi Gras and take a quick mental escape to New Orleans. What I love most about New York is its ability to transport you to various places around the world. Even though I have yet to satisfy my burning desire to visit “Nawlins” I have been fortunate enough to catch a few quick glimpses of the culture right here in NYC. Even though I'm sure the experience pales in comparison to the real thing, I was captivated by the richness of the culture, which was reflected in the rich flavor of the food, which I fell in love with. From my first Mardi Gras experience during my senior year in high school to a more recent good time, these places hold a few of my fondest memories:
7020 Austin Street
Forest Hills, NY 11375
40-12 Bell Blvd.
Bayside, NY 11361
I love the article I read at Carnival Fete-ish, which not only gives a great history of Mardi Gras but also shares the experience from Trinidad's Carnival, which is going right now as well. Oh, how I wish I was there.
With all this Carnival in the air, it's only right that I celebrate too.
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