I'm so focused on this weekend that I cannot see straight. My girls and I are heading back to Louisiana Friday night. Rascal will have his boys too. We'll spend Saturday visiting family and preparing for our first Mardi Gras parade of the season Saturday afternoon/evening. Sunday evening is the SuperBowl.
I am DYING. I am SO ready to play. I can't stand it. I want to go NOW!!!
For those of you not familiar with Mardi Gras speak, a "krewe" is a group of people that put on a parade during the Mardi Gras season.
I grew up attending Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans as a child. I remember fighting for doubloons and beads. I remember strolling the Quarter with my grandparents. I've never been to a New Orleans Mardi Gras as an adult. I don't remember that we had Mardi Gras parades in my hometown until long after I'd moved to Dallas.
Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday". Fat Tuesday is literally the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday - a Catholic holiday that begins the Lent season. During Lent, a Christian is supposed to "give up" or sacrifice something. (Many people give up sweets or alcohol.) Lent is representative of Jesus' 40 days of temptation in the desert (where he was tempted by Satan) and is followed by Easter.
The Mardi Gras or Carnival season that precedes Lent is a time of celebration, parties, gluttony and fun. Carnival is celebrated all over the world. The most famous Carnival celebration is in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (I will get there one day!)
Who dat say dey gonna beat dem Saints?
I've had several people ask me lately what the term "Who Dat?!" means. Spoken in the Cajun dialect, its translation is "Who is that saying they are going to beat the Saints?" which sounds hilarious to say with a straight face. You have to say it with passion and a carefree attitude. As a LONG suffering Saints fan, we've been waiting years to say this phrase and mean it.
I am beyond excited about the Saints in the SuperBowl. I would love for them to win but hey, just the fact that they made it there... for the first time EVER... is enough to make this Louisiana girl thrilled!
Rascal and I are throwing a small gathering at his house complete with venison chili, queso and other football snacks. We'll also have a King Cake filled with cream cheese and topped with sugar colored in the traditional Mardi Gras colors of gold, purple and green. I'm bringing a pan of homemade brownies topped with a powdered sugar fleur di lis.
I am ready to let the good times roll! Laissez les bon temps rouler!
I'm also ready to be completely gluttonous with food, fun and lots of sex! (Its been 3 weeks people!) All in the spirit of the season, of course.
So, in honor of my trip back home this weekend, I leave you with this. With the recent controversy regarding the origins and ownership of the phrase "Who Dat", I present to you a video featuring New Orleans' own Aaron Neville singing "When the Saints Go Marching In" and chanting Who Dat from 1983.