My husband and I had the privilege to visit New Orleans at least 3 times in the 1990's, long before Katrina came throught and laid waste to such a wonderful and vibrant city. While we never attended Mardi Gras itself (too many people and too much nakedness for us), we did fall in love with free-spirited, party atmosphere of that beautiful city.
The past few years, we have hosted a Mardi Gras party in our home - it's a festive and cheerful way to chase away the winter blues and a great excuse to whomp up some delicious Cajun-inspired food. This year, due to budgetery contraints and other circumstances beyond our control, we may not be able to host our annual party, but at the very least, we will be cooking a small Mardi Gras feast for ourselves. And we can have a virtual party here with a VRC: Mardi Gras roundup next weekend. Fun!
I hope you will join us. Let's help keep the Mardi Gras spirit alive. So start cooking or just send me a link to one of your favorite Cajun or New Orleans-inspired recipes. If you have any fond memories of New Orleans, please feel free to write about them in your posting. Send me a link (please use my email address found on my main page) by Sunday, February 26th and I will post the roundup later that night.
If you are familiar with Technoriat Tags or are willing to try them out, please insert the following links into your VRC posting next week: VRC:Mardi Gras and/or VRC .
If you are unsure how to do this, feel free to email me and I will help you out. Using these tags is just another way to get the word out - it's also a nice way to click on one link and see what else is out there in blogger land.
In light of what has happened to the people of New Orleans, I am posting links to several organizations who are still collecting donations to help the people of New Orleans who continue to struggle.