Sam's Town Point
"...Gay Mardi Gras is a conundrum wrapped in an enigma shrouded in mystery with a side of bafflement sprinkled with bitterness and devil-may-care. It's also a little elusive...."
"...Heading out on the Mardi Gras trail? First things, first: If you don't have a place to crash in a Mardi Gras town or have not yet booked a room, planning can be intimidating. Here are some websites and some hints to help you see what's out there...."
"...The closest my people get to Mardi Gras is a spring holiday called Purim where, as saying has it, you’re to get so wasted that you can’t tell the difference between boys and girls. So, yeah, Jews basically invented shit-facery..."
"...Hardcore Mardi Gras ballers have already got their itinerary sorted for this year's party. Clock's-a-tickin', but there's still time to make a plan..."
"...Austin's best and oldest Mardi Gras tradition, Carnaval Brasileiro, originally hatched by homesick Brazilian exchange students at UT in the mid-Seventies, has been the highlight of the Austin Samba School’s programming for the last 10 years. This year Susanna Sharpe & the Samba Police return to the Carnaval stage, Feb..."
"...Beads; booze; drunks stumbling the street in feather boas and masquerade masks - it’s all part of the imagery accompanying the mystical convention of Mardi Gras in the city of New Orleans. Yet, for some, it's nothing like that at all...."
"...All around Louisiana communities have put their own stamp on the annual Carnival season. From the raucous parades and parties of Mardi Gras in New Orleans to the Courir de Mardi Gras or chicken runs in the Cajun parishes, each area of the state has given the celebration its own lively characteristics...."
"...While the official launch of the Mardi Gras season each year is Twelfth Night, aka, the Feast of the Epiphany, January 6, the real action kicks in the second to last weekend before Fat Tuesday itself. And this year, that weekend would be this weekend, Fri.-Sun., Jan..."
"...Happy Mardi Gras, y'all! Tonight's the night. Are you going out to celebrate? Want some suggestions? Last week, we shared our round-up of local Mardi Gras doin's (plus some news about Carnaval) just as we were heading out of town for our own adventure in Galveston...."
"...UPDATED: Though our list of vendors offering King Cakes is shorter this year, it’s still possible to order these delightful treats for enjoyment at home, the office, or carnival season celebrations between now and Mardi Gras on Tuesday, March 4...."
"...Welcome to Mardi Gras season – next Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012, is Fat Tuesday – so I'm gathering some old posts and updating them for all you last-minute revelers or Mardiday-dreamers..."
"...I stopped celebrating major drinking holidays years ago, not too many years after the Armadillo World Headquarters closed; back when the Cedar Door was still in the original location, Antone's was on Guadalupe, and no one here even thought about throwing a Mardi Gras party!..."
"...AC: OK, Louisiana ambassador, what's your Mardi Gras advice?..."
"...Mardi Gras – Fat Tuesday – comes early this year, signaling the end of carnival season and a final indulgent celebration before the beginning of the Lenten days of abstinence. Austin Mardi Gras observances have grown over the years, and even though it doesn't look like there will be a local parade, there are plenty of places to enjoy traditional Cajun/Creole dishes, along with king cakes, Community Coffee, Sazeracs, hurricanes, Abita beer, and bright-colored beads, all to the infectious beat of zydeco music..."
"...12th at Chicon). They didn't quite get it up and running in time for the Super Bowl, as originally anticipated, but we called to confirm: They say they'll be up this week and in time for Mardi Gras..."
"...One thing that hasn't changed about Haug or Cypress Grill is the way that Mardi Gras is celebrated. Each year, Haug does his best to re-create the good times, flavor, and fun of Mardi Gras at Cypress Grill..."
"...Curtis Clarke, the Lake Charles native who took a chance on the tiny spot tucked in a far-off shopping center on Brodie Lane, is about to celebrate the tenth Mardi Gras at the beloved Evangeline Cafe. [image-1]..."
"...Mardi Gras floats in Shreveport and Bossier City, Louisiana, are colorful works of art. The papier-mâché heads of the decorated land barges part the crowds like giant snow plows..."
"...Just in time for Mardi Gras, the Austin heartthrob honey crooner put those satiny vocals to work and released the sweet ode, "My Southwest Louisiana Home," a song commissioned by the Lake Charles Southwest Louisiana Convention and Visitors Bureau for a new video being placed across the planet to promote the warmth and whimsy of the region...."
"...Listed are more than 50 Mardi Gras Indian tribe names from in and around the New Orleans area. The oldest is Creole Wild West, founded in the 1800s..."
"...Here's Part 2, the wrap of our pre-Mardi Gras ramp up. Austin's Carnival culture seems a lot less active than in recent previous years, but there are plenty of day-trippable destinations if you still want to get in on the fun..."
"...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..."
"...Unless you plan to be decked out in a ballgown or feathered like a Mardi Gras Indian, and whether you plan to line Canal Street, chase a chicken in Eunice, or keep it close to home along the Seawall, you should dress comfortably and poignantly. Mardi Gras has come to mean so much more since August, 2005. May we recommend a few smart numbers? Our hands-down fave is Reboottees simply sophisticato line of Make Levees Not War gear, available online only – not in any retail location. Dirty Coast and TrumpeTees also have some freakin' fabulous designs, from the political to the profound, to the uplifting, as well as some inside jokes that true New Orleanians will get..."
"...Gots a li'l Fleur de Lis on da brain. Just got off the I-10 from a week in New Orleans and Acadiana and am ready to scuttle back as quick as a mud bug in a hot tub. ROADTRIP ALERT: Based on the year's Lenten Calendar, the date on which Mardi Gras falls this year (Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008) is the earliest it has been since 1983 and the earliest it will be for decades..."
"...Grrrrr. The last three times I have had three breaths to myself to actually blog about this Mardi Gras trip, the server has been kaputnik..."
"...Goodman is so wrapped up in the design process that his forehead is once again smooth, in contrast to the anger that furrowed it 10 minutes earlier. Amid his pride in relating the story of life as big chief of the Flaming Arrows Mardi Gras Indian tribe in New Orleans and the secrets of "masking Indian," he angrily spun a horrifying tale of survival after Hurricane Katrina...."
"...Thankfully, the Africans are able to make it off the boat and eventually settle in the woods outside the city, in a rundown hamlet known as Plateau. Nearly 150 years later, in 2007, a direct descendant of Meaher’s is chosen by the all-white Mobile Carnival Association to represent the city as the queen of the Mardi Gras..."
"..."So what did you do to get them?" This leering question is inevitably asked to anyone decorating their home with Mardi Gras beads. Wouldn't it be nicer if they asked, "Where did you get those?" With Mardi Lights made from the recycled plastic baubles, designed by New Orleans-based Unique Products, they will..."
"...Those moments before roll out, when musical mayhem from floats testing PAs bleeds over the bleats of marching bands strutting their stuff on the side streets – with quick over the shoulder glances to see if rival high schools are paying heed to their mighty, mighty jams. It's Mardi Gras 2010, y'all!..."
"...We commemorate spring with a fictional donkey's birthday revel, laugh in the face of 100-degree August heat by slurping fiery hot salsas and cold beer, turn out by the thousands in Halloween costumes, usher in each New Year together on downtown streets, and dance our feet off to sensual Latin rhythms every February at Carnaval. Given our communal fondness for festivities, it stands to reason that Austin would embrace the celebration of Mardi Gras, the final blowout fete that is the culmination of the pre-Lent party season..."
"..."I went down to Sixth Street during Mardi Gras 1997 with a huge wagon full of beads. Every cop I saw asked, 'Are you selling those?'" remembers Bob Uhler of his first Texas Mardi Gras..."
"...It's also the official kick off to Mardi Gras...."
"...Some of Barry Kern's earliest memories are of Mardi Gras parades. Not surprising since his dad, legendary New Orleans artist Blaine Kern is pretty much The Man responsible for our modern conception of what makes a float float..."
"...In New Orleans, King Cakes are a regular feature of the carnival season, showing up for the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6th) and holding a place of honor at parties and celebrations through Mardi Gras, the Tuesday before Lent begins...."
"...February includes Mardi Gras, Presidents Day, and the Lunar New Year with plenty of celebrations to honor them all...."
"...The confluence of Valentine's Day, Mardi Gras, and Chinese New Year over the next week offers plenty of opportunities for gustatory indulgences. Here are some ideas...."
"...In New Orleans, king cakes are a regular feature of the Carnival season, showing up for the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6th) and holding a place of honor at parties and celebrations through Mardi Gras, the Tuesday before Lent begins...."
"...There are fine-dining outlets and crawfish shacks, oyster bars, pizza parlors, and popular neighborhood joints from far South Austin to the northwestern suburbs. In preparation for Mardi Gras on Tuesday, March 8, we're showcasing eight Cajun/Creole restaurants, some new places as well as some blasts from the past..."
"...Obama gives the nation a fist bump, Mardi Gras looms large, and San Antonio rolls out the fugly, as your AggreGAYtor judges face...."
"...From Mardi Gras celebrations to art exhibits, here's what's on our radar this month...."
"...In Louisiana, Mardi Gras means crawfish season, and Shoal Creek does not disappoint. The folks at Shoal Creek are happy to cater a private crawfish boil for you and up to 100 of your closest friends as long as you give them plenty of advance notice, and on Mardi Gras Day, they'll be boiling all day..."
"...We sampled the Crawfish Bombs (six for $4.95), ground-sausage-and-crawfish-stuffed wonton wrapper pillows, fried to golden-crisp and served with a spicy, made-from-scratch cocktail sauce with grated onion and horseradish, and perhaps a hint of ginger? The Cajun bun ($9.50) – a vermicelli bowl with shredded lettuce, pickled veggies, and ground peanuts – comes piled high with seasoned crawfish and slices of sausage, and the Cajun crawfish pho ($7.95, small; $8.95, large), chock-full of little crustaceans in a hot and spicy broth, would make the perfect antidote to any bout of allergies – make sure to specify if you want it mild or spicy. Other dishes to try on future visits include the grilled Cajun lemongrass fish, the beef short ribs, and the Vietnamese salads..."
"...With the $500 she scraped together from savings, friends, and her church, she secured the spot for a month, cleaned it up, and did some painting and decorating, the predominant colors being purple and yellow. "It's the colors of Mardi Gras and Jacob's Coat," she says...."
"...Throw is not a verb in Mardi Gras speak. Throws are the baubly/trickety things that come flying at you off of a float, hurled with wild abandon by float riders...."
"...Taking up where the original Candyman left off, this stylish, atmospheric spook story manages to do its predecessor one better and ends up as that rarest of films, a sequel that actually outperforms the original. Moving the setting from Chicago's blighted Cabrini Green to the labyrinthine alleyways of New Orleans at Mardi Gras is the first in a noticeable series of good ideas from director Condon..."
"...As always, Clarke has a party planned for Mardi Gras, and it's best to go early if you want a seat inside the restaurant. There will be live zydeco music from 5 to 10pm, and a tent in the parking lot to accommodate the overflow crowd..."
"...These folks offer a full bar serving Abita beers and potent Sazeracs. The owners always throw a great Mardi Gras party with live zydeco and plenty of beads..."
"...Other fare includes oyster, crawfish, catfish, and roast beef po'boys; boudin, chicken, and sausage gumbo; red beans and rice; and jambalaya – combos of which are offered as lunch specials. The store itself is chockablock with hot sauces, and you can buy Mardi Gras beads next to the register..."