Mardi Gras

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Mardi Gras
Rain to end in time for St. Louis Mardi Gras parade

ST. LOUIS • Forecasts for today suggest the River City Grand Parade, the signature event of St. Louis Mardi Gras, won't be rained on.

According to National Weather Service forecasts, rain that began in the St. Louis area late Friday afternoon should end around 7 a.m., well before the parade takes place at 11 a.m. According to the official Twitter for Mardi Gras Inc., participants in Soulard Friday evening were ready for the festivities to begin. ( Read Mardi Gras more... )

Gay marriage dominates Mardi Gras

THE Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has kicked off, with the gay marriage theme dominating the parade.

In response to the Say Something campaign, 15 floats from groups including Amnesty International and Labor Faces for Marriage Equality are lobbying for same-sex marriage.

Thousands have lined Oxford Street for the 34th annual parade, with revellers maintaining their enthusiasm despite the cold winds and sporadic rain.

Brides and brides and grooms and grooms feature heavily in the parade in addition to cheerleaders, nuns, vampires and dancing Antoinettes. ( Read Mardi Gras more... )

TMZ's Mardi Gras Madness Contest

The festive photos poured into the TMZ newsroom for our second annual Mardi Gras Madness Contest ... so click through it as fast as you can, 'cause Fat Tuesday is right around the corner!

Be sure to check back on Monday to vote for which of the party pictures will score the $250 prize and some super secret mystery gifts from TMZ! ( Read Mardi Gras more... )

Mardi Gras Cupcakes

There are lots of traditions surrounding Mardi Gras, but one of my favorites is King Cake. King cake is a braided pastry made with a rich yeast dough that is filled with a sweet cinnamon mixture and topped with brightly colored gold, green and purple icing. The recipe varies from place to place, but the overall effect is quite like a large danish or cinnamon bun (flavor-wise, at least).

I’ve made both more traditional and less traditional versions of king cake. This year I wanted to play with those bright colors a little bit more and decided to make a batch of brightly colored Mardi Gras Cupcakes. ( Read Mardi Gras more... )

Real Mardi Gras Cocktails

It wouldn't be Mardi Gras without a cocktail. And the drinks will certainly be flowing until 12 o'clock Tuesday night when the party officially ends.

Fortunately, even if you can't get to the Big Easy this weekend, you can celebrate like a local. ( Read Mardi Gras more... )

Sydney Mardi Gras says 'yes' to gay marriage

"Brides" and "grooms" danced through the streets of Sydney on Saturday as the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras campaigned for same-sex marriage in an explosion of feathers, sequins and music.

Thousands of people, some scantily clad and others donning bridal dresses or suits, turned out for the 34th parade, this year dubbed the "Say Something" march to protest Australia's ban on gay weddings.

"Be gleeful! It gets better. It's my eleventh gay pride in a row and this is the best one -- it's got the best message," said Kris Pambid, clad in small black shorts and carrying red and white pom poms in homage to the TV show "Glee". "We've lost our voices from screaming." ( Read Mardi Gras more... )

Sydney Mardi Gras focuses on gay marriage

Here comes the bride ... and bride.

Sydney's streets were covered in every colour of the rainbow as the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras took off with the gay marriage theme dominating the parade on Saturday night.

In response to the "Say Something" campaign, at least 15 floats out of more than 100 chose to lobby for same-sex marriage including the Amnesty International and Labor Faces for Marriage Equality floats.
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Brides and brides and grooms and grooms featured heavily in the parade in addition to cheerleaders, nuns, vampires and dancing Antoinettes. ( Read Mardi Gras more... )

Mardi Gras marchers push for gay marriage

Mardi Gras marchers donned wigs, harnesses and hotpants - as well as wedding gear - as they campaigned for gay equality in Sydney's annual parade.

The weather was wet and the clothing miniscule but that did not stop the party along Oxford Street.

Floats of brides and brides and grooms and grooms, dressed both traditionally and extravagantly, strutted their stuff in a statement about equality.

The theme of this year's event was 'say something', with 15 of the 130 floats addressing the issue of same-sex marriage. ( Read Mardi Gras more... )

The All-Mardi Gras team

If you are hoping to find the meaning of life in this article, you may be disappointed. But every February or March in New Orleans, the city throws the biggest free party in America. As a lifelong New Orleans resident, I've come up with a list of athletes or sports figures whose names have a Mardi Gras theme. So if you can't get down to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, hopefully this article will put you in the Mardi Gras spirit for a few minutes. ( Read Mardi Gras more... )

Soulard Mardi Gras organizers say it's a "go" rain or shine

(KSDK)-St. Louis Organizers of the Soulard Mardi Gras celebration in St. Louis say they've worked in better weather.

And they've certainly worked in worse.

Temperatures Saturday are not expected to make it very far out of the 30's. But it beats the snow they had two years ago, said Mack Bradley, Soulard Mardi Gras spokesman. ( Read Mardi Gras more... )

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