Mardi Gras (“Fat Tuesday” in French), the traditional New Orleans celebration and legal holiday, conjures up images of feathery fancy masks, wild partying, jazz through the streets and feasting. Mardi Gras marks the end of Carnival (which begins on January 6, the Twelfth Night of the Epiphany), the day before Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent.
Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday is a day of feasting on rich, fatty foods before the ritual fasting during the Lenten season. Reportedly, the French Catholics would fry up their supply of butter, sugar, and other rich foods to avoid temptation during Lent.
In “Nawlins,” it’s become party time, big time – dancing through the streets in masks and elaborate costumes to the jiving tunes of live jazz music. Here in New Jersey, authentic New Orleans Cajun and Creole cuisine is served at The Trinity and the Pope in Asbury Park, along with traditional cocktails like the Sazerac and Hurricane.
On Fat Tuesday, Trinity and the Pope in Asbury Park will offer $5 jambalaya bowls and $3 Abita beers. Guests will be welcomed with a Fountain of Decadence, its spouts over-flowing in a waterfall-effect with $5 Hurricane cocktails. They will be offered King Cakes, Mardi Gras beads and face masks to the beat of New Orleans-style music. Live music combined with New Orleans-themed cocktails and menu specials will continue through March 12.