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History of Mardi Gras King Cakes

There are few things more authentic to New Orleans than the Mardi Gras King Cake, along with such food favorites as jambalaya, beignets and muffulettas. Dating back centuries, kingcakes are presented at the beginning of the Mardi Gras season on January 6th, the Feast of the Epiphany (also known as Twelfth Night) as part of the rich Christian celebration, all in homage to the three kings that bore gifts for the baby Jesus. Small trinkets were included in the king cake such as a coin, stone and more recently, a plastic baby. The recipient of one of these items was then named king or queen for the day, and obligated to host the following year’s party, or supply the next king cake.

Although the French had been celebrating with king cakes long before the Louisiana Purchase, the colors that adorn the cakes, purple, Green and Gold were chosen by Rex, King of Carnival to represent justice, faith, and power, respectively in the 1870s.

King cakes have their highest volume of sales throughout the Mardi Gras season, which last from January 6th through to Mardi Gras day, which may fall anywhere between February 3rd and March 9th.

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