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Celebrate Mardi Gras no matter where you are!

Celebrate Mardi Gras no matter where you are!

If there's one thing we all know about Mardi Gras it's that across language and cultural boundaries, those two words mean: fun, raucous times. After all, the saying, "Laissez les bons temps rouler," (translation: "Let the good times roll") gives pretty clear instructions, right? With this in mind, we figured that we'd gather-up a few ways to celebrate Mardi Gras like a pro whether you're on Bourbon Street or a continent away. Since the spirit behind Mardi Gras is steeped in, well, partying, we've been writing about it for a couple of years now. (Ahem...House PARTY) Our own Mel has written about how to throw your very own Mardi Gras party and we've blogged in the past about the holiday's history and fun DIY Mardi Gras activities. Needless to say, we've done our research. Primarily so that you don't have to!

So, to step-it-up a notch this year, we thought we'd pick three things you can do to celebrate whether you're at work in a cubicle on Fat Tuesday, in the car driving your kids somewhere or simply relaxing after a long day of to-dos:

A hint of flair

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Yep, you may remember this word from certain movie named Office Space and we'll admit, that instance of flair wasn't exactly inspiring. However, if ever there's a time for flair or, if you'd prefer, a bit of panache, it's Mardi Gras, people!!

  • Heading into a big corporate meeting? A subtle, but colorful lapel pin is perfectly apropos.
  • Got a busy day of errands? Perhaps put your hair up with a few bright ribbons!
  • Up to your eyeballs in things around the house? Well, a couple short-strand beaded necklaces are your ticket (and, even better, they're crazy-cheap at places like Party City). So grab a bagful for you and the fam once the evening rolls around.

Let's just say you don't have to be near as over-the-top as the getups below.

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Just be yourself, but add in some of the traditional greens, purples and golds while you're doing it!

The role of music

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Music is a HUGE part of Mardi Gras - heck, it's a huge part of ANY party, amirite? Most of our lives have plenty of opportunity to layer in some tunes, too. If you're doing work at home, there's nearly always a chance to listen to the radio or streaming the radio online. At work? Well, the same goes there too (even if it means having to pop-in some earbuds out of courtesy to others!) So, what type of music is Mardi Gras all about? Well, given that many of the Mardi Gras parades are comprised of the exciting and well-orchestrated tunes of marching bands, that's one place to start! And, trust us, marching bands are a BIG DEAL when it comes to Mardi Gras, just read a bit of this New York Times story last year on the coveted parade slots.

Another great musical genre that harkens to it's Cajun roots is Zydeco, a blues and rhythm style of music born out of it's Creole roots. This upbeat style of southern jazz is notable for even using early washboards as a bit of unique tympani. Regardless of whether you're enjoying marching bands, zydeco or jazz and blues, Mardi Gras music can be enjoyed streaming online at Pandora and Spotify, both of whom have Mardi Gras stations all prepped and ready to deliver you a smorgasbord of audible delight. If you're more the old-school style, be on the lookout for some of the below bands to enjoy along with your routine on this anything but routine day:

Grub

"Mardi" means Tuesday in French. For you, if that typically means the weekly taco night, SCRATCH THAT! Mardi Gras is a cultural celebration, but also a food extravaganza and the region around New Orleans is known world-round for it's distinctive flavors and unique take on cuisine. That doesn't mean you need to make a feast to feed the entire block, but this is an excuse to mix it up for you and the family.

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Don't be intimidated, AllRecipes.com has the classics, many of which are pretty approachable for a Cajun cuisine first-timer. Maybe try a seafood gumbo recipe, cajun dirty rice or a load of beignets (which are amazing with some powdered sugar and a bit of honey, I might add). Southern Living has a bunch of great recipes to try as well, for the slightly more advance chef as well. And if either of those look just a bit too challenging, fear not: Our friends at Zatarain's and even Savoie Foods make it even easier than having to whip-up any dishes from scratch. So, get your tastebuds primed, 'cause you've got some Mardi Gras flavor mayhem headed their way.

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So, these are three super-easy ways to bring Mardi Gras into your day; but, what are YOU doing to celebrate? (We'd love to know!)

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