It’s Mardi Gras Time!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 is Fat Tuesday.  Famously known as “Mardi Gras”.  Break out the beads and pick a mask that best suites you because Mardi Gras, which is one of Florida’s top events too, is upon us once again this year.  One of the most popular days of celebratory gluttony filled with costumes and beads and food and more!  You will find that you just don’t have to go to New Orleans to celebrate Fat Tuesday. Here are some of the Fat Tuesday events you won’t want to miss!   

Let the good times roll at Universal Orlando Resort’s 2017 Mardi Gras celebration. On select nights, guests can top off their day in the theme parks with a family-friendly version of the famed “N’awlins” celebration at Universal Studios Florida – featuring delicious Cajun cuisine, a dazzling parade and exhilarating concerts from some of the biggest names in music.

Universal Orlando’s 2017 Mardi Gras celebration will feature The All-American Rejects as the event’s last live performance this Saturday, March 25th.

The All-American Rejects entered the music scene with their self-titled album “The All-American Rejects.” They have since toured around the world and recorded another three studio albums, featuring one of the most popular songs of 2009, “Gives You Hell.” Other fan-favorite singles include, “Move Along,” “Dirty Little Secret” and “This Ends Tonight.”

Universal Orlando’s Mardi Gras concludes this Saturday, March 25. The celebration includes a uniquely themed nightly parade featuring festive Mardi Gras floats – complete with New Orleans-inspired music, dozens of colorful dancers and stilt performers, and more than one million beads. Guests can also enjoy authentic New Orleans-style cuisine at The French Quarter Courtyard and performances by bands pulled straight from Bourbon Street.

Mardi Gras is included with admission to Universal Studios Florida. For more information and details about special ticket offers, visit www.UniversalOrlando.com/MardiGras.

 

2017 MARDI GRAS HEADLINERS LINE-UP
Mardi Gras Event Dates Headliners

(performing in the Music Plaza)

March 4 Yandel
March 5 Olivia Newton-John
March 11 UB40
March 12 Toby Keith
March 18 Jason Derulo
March 19 Earth, Wind & Fire
March 25 The All – American Rejects

 

Of course, there are some amongst us who aren’t familiar with the festivities around Fat Tuesday and the Carnival celebrations that entertain revelers the world over. One of those unfortunate souls is Adam Davis, the Director of System Services for the Palm Beach County Library System, and the brains behind our Storytime for Grownups Series.

We were lucky enough to drag him away from his official duties and get a brief listing of some of his recommended reads about Mardi Gras, it’s history, and the cool stuff that makes the religious holiday unique!

Disclaimer: I have never been to a Mari Gras party (in New Orleans or elsewhere), and up until creating this Story Time for GrownupsI had no clue what Fat Tuesday actually meant. I have, however, eaten king cake three times, and managed to almost break a tooth on the baby twice. With that said, I want to wish everyone who celebrates a happy Fat Tuesday and festive Mardi Gras! Check out these books for a taste of Mardi Gras, New Orleans, and all it has to offer!

 

  • WESLEY-193x300New Orleans / this edition written and researched by Amy C. Balfour & Adam Karlin.

Lonely Planet New Orleans is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. March with a brass band through the French Quarter, eat everything from jambalaya to beignets, or take a walking tour past the Garden District’s plantation-style mansions; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of New Orleans and begin your journey now!

  • thThe Heaven on Seven cookbook : where it’s Mardi Gras all the time! / Jimmy Bannos and John DeMers.

Provides Cajun/Creole recipes including chicken and crawfish orzoffée, angry mussels, muffaletta calzone, fried shrimp po-boy, cajun coleslaw, and coconut-cream cake.

 

  • 68b2e46b1c420040d5a571247e1c4888My New Orleans : the cookbook : 200 of my favorite recipes & stories from my hometown / by John Besh.

It’s 16 chapters of culture, history, essay and insight, and pure goodness. Besh tells us the story of his New Orleans by the season and by the dish. Archival, four-color, location photography along with ingredient information make the Big Easy easy to tackle in home kitchens. Cooks will salivate over the 200 recipes that honor and celebrate everything New Orleans.

Bite by bite John Besh brings us New Orleans cooking like we’ve never tasted before. It’s the perfect blend of contemporary French techniques with indigenous Southern Louisiana products and know-how. His amazing new offering is exclusively brought to fans and foodies everywhere by Andrews McMeel.

From Mardi Gras, to the shrimp season, to the urban garden, to gumbo weather, boucherie (the season of the pig), and everything tasty in between, Besh gives a sampling of New Orleans that will have us all craving for more. Bowker®

 

  • th2B847RYOFat Tuesday / Sandra Brown.

New Orleans police lieutenant Burke Basile has nothing left to lose. He mistakenly shot his best friend and partner in the midst of a drug raid; now he has found his wife in the shower with another man. Hungry for justice, Basile resigns his job in order to go after the man he blames for everything: criminal defense attorney Pinkie Duvall, who is himself a master criminal. Basile’s plan for exposing the slimy attorney involves masquerading as a priest in order to kidnap Pinkie’s unhappy trophy wife, Remy. His ragtag squad of helpers includes a churchgoing madam, a weasly sex offender with training both as an actor and a priest and a loyal swamp rat named Dredd. In Pinkie’s corner loom all of the muscle that deep pockets and deep affiliations with organized crime can buy. Still up for grabs is a GQ-style cop whose huge debt to the mob, and whose wife’s beautiful face, hang in the balance, and a police captain whose ambitions for his own career just might be more important than human lives. A wild card comes into play when Basile unexpectedly falls for his captive, as Brown expertly pushes her story toward an explosive Mardi Gras conclusion. Brown’s trademark mix of action and romance (Exclusive, etc.) is on display in this suspenseful, if rarely subtle, tale of revenge and corruption. 500,000 first printing; major ad/promo; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club main selections.(June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. 

  • cityofeternalnightCity of eternal night/ Kristen Painter.

Painter delivers on her promise of excitement and romance in the second installment of the Crescent City Series (after House of the Rising Sun). Computer whiz Harlow is trying to come to terms with her fae abilities and her attraction to playboy and New Orleans fae Guardian Augustine. Their romance tentatively creeps along in this otherwise stirring installment as they set out to solve the mystery of a young woman’s kidnapping from the Mardi Gras Exemplar Ball, the biggest fae event of the year. Possible suspects are cunning witch sisters Zara and Gisselle, who want freedom from fae regulation, and the evil Branzino, Harlow’s fae father. But the kidnappers aren’t asking for money; they’re asking for Augustine’s life. Harlow struggles throughout with the emergence of new powers as well as an almost literal emptiness inside her that seems to be expanding: apt metaphors for a young woman finding herself. Painter takes this romp to unexpected places, with many, but not all, of Harlow’s family secrets revealed. Agent: Elaine Spencer, Knight Agency.(Dec.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC.

  • katrina-480x480Katrina : after the Flood / Gary Rivlin.

Listed on: New York Times ‘s 100 Notable Books of the Year, 2015 & NPR’s Best Books of 2015 

Hurricane Katrina is nearing its 10-year-anniversary, but as Rivlin makes clear, it’s a tale that needs to be understood and never forgotten. His approach, filled with personal stories and starting at the very beginning, when evacuations were still possible, brings to awful, almost unbelievable life the multiple tragedies that Katrina comprised, not the least of which was the government’s unconscionable lack of response and neighboring citizens’ racial enmities. But the book’s main focus is on the groups and there were many, local and national trying to decide how to rebuild a city parts of which, primarily those where low-income, mainly black citizens lived, were at least two feet below sea level. Should those be deemed parklands, and, if so, how to compensate their former residents, many of whom didn’t plan (or couldn’t afford) to return? Rivlin captures the snark, the bellyaching, and the outright denial of those in charge and many aimed to be in charge (while many dodged responsibility as well). A fascinating lesson in urban planning in the face of calamity and financial shenanigans about what has been deemed the most expensive disaster in history.–Kinney, Eloise Copyright 2015 Booklist

 

  • 1565548744Mardi Gras treasures : float designs of the Golden Age / Henri Schindler.

 

  • 003ba91dFrommer’s EasyGuide to New Orleans / by Diane K. Schwam.

Called “the most interesting city in America”, New Orleans is once again a massively popular destination, on a travel wish-list kept by almost every American. Our author, Diana K. Schwam, has written four books and numerous articles about New Orleans, where her long-ago desire to become a resident followed, she says, a familiar sequence: Vacation, Enrapture, Home Ownership, and Weight Gain. In this freshly-researched and up-to-date Easy Guide of 288 pages, she’ll introduce you, among many other topics, to the world-famous cuisine of that city’s unique restaurants, the vibrant music scene, the much-acclaimed new museums (dealing with World War II at one, with Southern Cuisine at another), and the historic architecture of the French Quarter, Garden District, and other famous locales.Bowker®

 

  • 59d9c8a4c0969b555f1584e8166bcc97Yat wit : chicken gumbo for the New Orleans soul / Yvonne Spear Perret.

A yat is a resident of one of several New Orleans neighborhoods whose phraseology and pronunciation are distinctive (from “where y’at?”). This collection of humorous essays explores how New Orleans words confound computer spell-check programs, how to experience your first Mardi Gras, how to comport yourself at a crawfish boil, and many other endearing aspects of life in the Crescent City.Bowker®

 

What’s your favorite Mardi Gras event? Let us know!