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How to Celebrate {Mardi Gras}… Hoboken Style

Fat Tuesday is a religious holiday in its origin, and, for most of us, it is commonly known as Mardi Gras (which is French for Fat Tuesday). This holiday is celebrated as a day of feasting before Ash Wednesday, which leads to the beginning of Lent. I am going to be honest, I am Jewish, so I am no expert with the ins and outs in respect to the religious element of this Christian holiday so putting that aside, to me, Mardi Gras is a fun day to go out and grab a drink. Fat Tuesday is notoriously known for oversized drinks like a Hurricane, and eating hearty, spicy dishes like gumbo and jambalaya. Let’s especially not forget the parades, beads and parties that take place. I do hope that one day I can go to New Orleans and experience the real thing. If you’re like me and can’t make it to the French Quarter to celebrate, no worries, here at Hoboken Happy Hours we are going to give you the tools to experience the closest thing to it.

 

Eat Jambalaya!

This traditional Cajun dish is synonymous with Mardi Gras. Just like having a hot dog at a baseball game, Jambalaya is the way to go to when you want to have an authentic Mardi Gras experience.  A huge crock filled with rice, Andouille sausage, crawfish and Cajun spices, this dish is hearty and rich in flavor. Where can you get this in Hoboken? The Madison has Jambalaya on the menu and it offers all of these traditional ingredients and then some. Come hungry when you want to eat this meal because it is heavy. Perfect to absorb all the drinks you may consume as you parade down Washington Street.

 

Enjoy a Hurricane, the alcoholic kind…

Who likes rum, fruit juices and an absurdly large glass to drink out of? If this sounds like your drink of choice, then a Hurricane is what you should be asking for. When you are celebrating Fat Tuesday, it is go big or go home and this drink packs a punch. The Hurricane has been doing damage since it was first created back in the 1940s. What does it consist of? Well, everyone has their own variation but if you want to feel like you are in New Orleans then I suggest making this concoction with 1-2 oz. of white and dark rum, a splash of grenadine, fruit juices of your choice (I would go with 2 oz. of fruit punch and an ounce of orange juice) and then garnish it with a cherry and orange slice.  It’s getting cold out there so let this drink take you away to the warm weather in Louisiana!

 

Go to or Have a Masquerade Party

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Want an excuse to wear a costume? Go to a masquerade party and celebrate in style.  Wearing a mask is a key accessory for a Mardi Gras party and people get creative when making them.  The traditional colors are green, purple and gold so stay true to the theme when you party.

Enjoy everyone and cheers to Mardi Gras 2015!

 

Written by: Dan Exter

Dan Exter should of been raised in the 80s. His favorite band is Journey, favorite movie is The Goonies and 80s on 8 is his favorite station on satellite radio. An avid basketball player, Dan can jump just high enough to get a few pieces of paper under his feet, but don’t let that fool you. His up and under move on the post reminds people of a young Tim Duncan. Following random sports teams like the Orlando Magic and Dallas Cowboys only helps expand his knowledge on both the NFL and NBA. His wonderful girlfriend imagines Dan as a teenager to be similar to Barry Goldberg from “The Goldbergs”, the hit TV show about an 80s family on ABC