Whether you refer to it as Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, or Shrove Tuesday, we can all agree that it’s time to eat. The foods served on the day before Ash Wednesday differs depending on where you’re celebrating.

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Many Christians around the world will race and stuff themselves with pancakes before curbing their gluttonous ways during Lent. But in Louisiana, the menu is considerably more varied. If you ever find yourself in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, here are some Creole and Cajun culinary creations to track down:

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Beignets & Chicory Coffee

Crawfish Etouffee

Dirty Rice

Gumbo (Shellfish, Andouille Sausage, and/or Poultry)

Jambalaya (Andouille Sausage, Chicken, Crawfish, Shrimp, or any combination)

King Cake


Po’ Boys (Roast Beef, Oyster, or Shrimp)


Red Beans & Rice

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