Eastbound & Down: Mardi Party Links, Pt. 1
Wanna plan a last-minute Mardi Gras trip?
By Kate X Messer, 9:12AM, Mon. Feb. 13, 2012
Holy Go Cups! As the majority of Austin gets ready to roll out the red carpet for the onslaught of incoming for the South by Southwest orgy of festivals, so many are heading east for one last Carnival blast. Here's the first set of great links to help you on your way.
Carnival, or as most know it, Mardi Gras season, kicked off back on January 6 with Twelfth Night. And for 2012, my krewe held a King Cake party at mi casa featuring the pastry excellence of Bakerman's Bakery, for our money, the best King Cake you can get in Austin, Texas. (It's our personal favorite anywhere and will be featured in this Thursday's Chronicle Food section.) Mardi Gras itself is a day, Fat Tuesday (this year, Tue., Feb. 21) , and the season-long party basically leads up to it.
This weekend, a boat load of Austin is going to New Orleans, so if you are inclined to get in a li'l last minute Mardi Gras action – whether it be in NOLA or in of the other communities that celebrate Carnival good and proper along the I-10 corridor – let us help you with some hints.
Here are the main Carnival web pages across the South:
The Gambit, Bestofneworleans.com
Carnival New Orleans Blog
(See walking krewes, gay Mardi Gras, and alternative links in a separate post)
ACADIANA ("Cajun country" including: Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Eunice, Mamou, and more)
Iota/Eunice Mardi Gras
GREAT RADIO to listen to, if you roadtrippin':
KBON 101.1FM, Eunice, LA
WWOZ 90.7FM, New Orleans
KTRU, student radio, Rice University, Houston, TX (but you'll need an iPhone or iPad on the road because the disgusting FCC sold their on-air frequency)
KLSU, student radio, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
Stay tuned! Next post: walking krewes, small parades, gay Mardi Gras, and last-minute hotels, etc.