Missing Mardi Gras in New Orleans




























This year was the first year that I missed Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and I was a little bit more than bummed about it. I was ready to go home the second King Cakes hit the market for the first time during Carnival. Then when all of my friends back home kept texting me about the King Cakes and the Parades and the Balls, I was super ready to go home. So, when Fat Tuesday hit my roommate woke up bright eyed with a plan as I sulked in the kitchen. 

She looked at me firs thing and goes "We're going to go to New Orleans Square (in Disneyland) and eat beignets and celebrate Mardi Gras for you." I was upset and just shrugged it off, but she insisted so I begrudgingly got up and got dressed in my Louisiana tank and she dressed in Mardi Gras colors. As we were getting ready, two of the guys we were friends with down the hall knocked on our door to chat and we invited them to come as well. 

We all piled into the car and headed to New Orleans Square in Disneyland. As we started walking towards it, I started to feel a little bit better about everything. I still wasn't thrilled, but I was a bit happier. And then we tried beignets. Beignets in New Orleans Square taste nothing like the beignets in the French Quarter. However one of the waiters there came up to us and began asking us questions and talking to us about Mardi Gras, and he made a magical moment for us. We answered a question correctly and he rewarded us with a mint julep!

Afterward, we sat and took in the sights and sounds (and smells) of New Orleans Square, which didn't quite feel like home but was close enough. We hopped on the train and road it over to Toon Town. It was okay, but it was more fun just to spend time with everyone else and not worry about anything. I was sad to have spent Mardi Gras away from home, but my roommate made the best of the situation and got me out of the house and into having more fun. 
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