Celebrating Mardi Gras in downtown Marquette

MARQUETTE — Break out the beads, start kicking it to zydeco and prepare to gorge on king cake. Mardi Gras is this week and for many it’s one last opportunity to indulge in a food or activity before giving it up for the next six weeks.

Lagniappe, Marquette’s Cajun Creole eatery, will be celebrating the culmination of Carnival in classic New Orleans style. In addition to enjoying a second line parade, complete with brass band, revelers can chow down on cinnamon and crème-filled king cake.

“Traditionally there’s also a plastic baby that’s inside the king cake,” said Nichole Durley, Chef de Cuisine as Lagniappe Cajun Creole Eatery. “Whoever finds the baby has to bring the next cake to the party.”

The cake is topped with purple, green and gold sugar, representing justice, faith and power respectively. For many the best part of Mardi Gras is simply catching beads and Tuesday’s celebration will be no different.

“All day at Lagniappe we’re also going to be throwing out original catches from Mardi Gras in New Orleans,” Durley said. “It’s Fat Tuesday so take the day off work, come on out and sin like you mean it because the next day is Ash Wednesday.”

Lagniappe will be celebrating all day with live music, brunch and dinner buffets, and Creole spirit.