It's Mardi Gras, junkies -- and you know what that means! Beads on beads, sassy AF masquerades and a whole lotta drink specials. We've got our NYC, DC and Beantown b*tches covered on where to celebrate tonight -- but before you hit those Hurricanes and pull out that green and purple feathered boa, read up on our fave New Orleans traditions and the history of the world's biggest, baddest block party.
Mardi Gras, aka Fat Tuesday, aka Shrove Tuesday, is the very last day before Catholics and some Protestants start Lent -- forty days of fasting and abstinence before Easter. Mardi Gras is the last day to get all those sins out of your system, whether that means stuffing your face with beignets and beer or flashing the hot AF guy on the parade float in front of you.
THE KING CAKE
It's not a party without cake, and down in the Big Easy, they do cake right. The King Cake is ring-shaped and drenched in purple, green and gold icing. It's been around since the middle ages -- though back then it wasn't nearly so colorful. King Cake is meant to be eaten all throughout January and February, right up until the start of Lent -- which means Mardi Gras is the last day you're supposed to snag that sugar rush.
The tiny baby buried inside? That's a newer tradition, started by a New Orleans bakery back in the 50's. It's supposed to be lucky to get the little figurine in your slice -- and hey, at least it's in your cake and not in ya belly, kween.
Sure, maybe you got that strand of shiny purple beads because you lifted your crop top to show off those killer abs and that bangin’ ((305)) sports bra. But back in the day, purple beads were tossed out to folks who exhibited the trait of "justice." Green was for "faith," and gold, for "power." Back then, the jewelry was made of glass, too -- which might have made it a little more fun to nab 30-plus strands.
WHERE TO DRANK
Without further ado, here are three of the best bar specials and events for our junkies in NYC, DC and Boston: