Each January, the New Orleans Buffalo Exchange starts getting ready for the magical Mardi Gras traditions of Carnival Season, which runs from January 6th (Kings Day or Epiphany) through Mardi Gras (translation: Fat Tuesday). Basically, it is a period of celebration before the fasting of Lent. Carnival season can be as short as four weeks or as long as nine weeks, depending on when Easter falls. For 2017, Mardi Gras falls on February 28th.
Mardi Gras Traditions: King Cake
Beginning on January 6th, New Orleanians start indulging in king cake, a sweet, coffee cake-type dessert with icing and purple, green and gold (yellow) sprinkles on top. These are the colors of Mardi Gras, representing Justice, Faith and Power. At this stage, many revelers start working diligently on costumes for various Mardi Gras parades.