Mardi Gras in New Orleans

United States
January 31, 2007 6:06pm CST
Well, Mardi Gras season is upon us here in NOLA! I am very excited, but I wonder what the rest of the world think of when they hear these words. To many of us here, Mardi Gras is a time for friends and family to get together and let loose. Despite what tourists may think, this is a party that the city throws for itself, not for the revenue. The city doesn't advertise for it and no corporations sponsor it (though SoCo likes to think they unofficially do). On a side note, I also just watched the tail end of a special on the Sundance Channel called: Mardi Gras Made in China. Anyone else see it or know when it will be on Sundance again? (Their schedule page is not the easiest to negotiate) It talked about the laborers in China who make the throws (beads, mostly) for Mardi Gras krewes to throw in their parades and how they work back breaking hours for something like $8-12 a week. While I know that many companies outsource to China for cheaper labor, etc., the end of the special talked about a woman who had formerly made beads and left that job to sew jeans together. Anyone care to add their opinion?
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@freak369 (4702)
• United States
4 Feb 07
Is that the special where they showed the girls living in the dorms on the property of the bead factory? I saw something like that but didn't think it was China. I am pretty sure we are talking about the same show. You can check the Sundance website to see when it is running again, as far as a title, an exact title, I can't recall it. Now, a question for you. When I lived on the west coast my friend got a cake from her cousin in New Orleans and it had a baby (like a small tiny baby doll) baked into it. She said that who ever got the baby would have good luck through the year. Maybe it wasn't a cake, maybe it was one of those huge loaves of bread that is twisted and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. Have any idea what they are called? I wanted to order one but can't find the name! On a side note, you should put up more posts about Mardi Gras and New Orleans, I thiunk it is an awesome place and has a great history!
• United States
4 Feb 07
You are definitely remembering a King Cake! There's already at least one discussion on King Cakes on mylot. Haydel's is a good place to order from, they also have these collectible porcelain Katrina "babies". Thanks for the interest!
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@freak369 (4702)
• United States
4 Feb 07
Thanks for the help, the name doesn't ring a bell but I am going to start looking online for one to order when the season arrives! Jeez, I really need to read my posts before I hit the submit button LOL, I hate typos so I guess I better put my glasses on.