Laura’s Southern Dish: Let the Good Times Roll

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It is that most wonderful time of the year when the clinking of doubloons can be heard in the streets, strands of beads flying in all directions and the smell of King cake fills the air – yes folks it is Mardi Gras time! And let me tell you the Southern Bite team is all about this joyous occasion so while the jambalaya is simmering let’s dive right in…..

For some good time food and fun visit Lafourche Parish, Louisiana for the Bayou Lafourche Mardi Gras. Lafourche boasts over fourteen parades, balls and various other Mardi Gras celebrations over a two week period beginning February 19th and ending March 8th. And before the floats roll down the streets spectators can enjoy picnics, BBQs and seafood boils. Times, Krewes and parade routes can be found at

The Mississippi Gulf Coast celebrates Carnival Season in style starting February 19th through March 8th. Appropriately titled “Carnival on the Coast” features twenty-three family-friendly parades with tons of great throws. I can personally attest to the fun and family oriented nature of these celebrations as I had the good fortune to grow up in Biloxi, Mississippi, with parents who made it a point to take us to the parades. Mardi Gras is about more than beads and floats to me as it is a huge part of my childhood and some of my very favorite memories with my family. So this is a great option for kids of all ages. For parade routes and times please check out events at

Having a Mardi Gras parade/celebration in your area? Well we want to know all about it – send me an e-mail at And stay tuned to The Southern Bite for more information about bead throwing, King cake eating, parade going fun!

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