Long known as the holiday celebrated with wild parades and traditions in New Orleans, Mardi Gras (literally, “fat Tuesday”) was a celebration of the days leading up to the observance of Lent, when some people give up their favorites vices like candy and caffeine. Mardi Gras is the last day to eat these goodies, so make sure you pick up a pączki (poonch-key) before the day is done! Pick up one of these books, movies, or CDs while you’re relaxing.
Cajun Dance Hall (CD)
Featuring music mainly in French and it’s variant, French Creole, this CD will have you dancing along to well-known Cajun artists like Eddie LeJeune and David Doucet.
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Creole Flavors: recipes for marinades, rubs, sauces, and spices – Kevin Graham
If you like a little crawfish or want to try your hand at gumbo, this is the book for you! Kevin Graham, a longtime New Orleans restaurant chef, promises to test your tastebuds – and your cooking savvy in this collection of tasty traditions.
641.6 G WAM SBL
New Orleans 2008
While Hurricane Katrina rocked the Crescent City in 2005, New Orleans is still a vibrant, city of cultural and spiritual wonders. Visit the French Quarter to glimpse Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau’s crypt, or the Garden District, where galleries and musicians still thrive. The Fodor’s edition explains the extent of hurricane damage and what’s been done to repair and revitalize the districts.
917.63 F WCV
Cendrillon: A Cajun Cinderella – Sheila Hébert-Collins
The Cinderella story may have its roots in the ancient Roman tale of Rhodopis, but there are versions all over the world, and all over the United States. Cendrillon has French words and phrases included in the story, and they’re defined on every page, so you can learn as you go!
E COLL WCV
Interview with the Vampire (VHS)
Anne Rice’s book started off a series of vampire legends and movies, but this was the first. Starring Tom Cruise at the height of his popularity, and Brad Pitt and Kirsten Dunst as they were getting started, the movie showcases the lush backgrounds of New Orleans for hundreds of years. [Rated R.]
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