Top 10 ways to celebrate Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras traditions continue in the year of 2017.

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Mardi Gras traditions continue in the year of 2017.

Alyson Smith, Staff Reporter

1. Treat Yourself with a Beignet
This tasty English fritter covered in powdered sugar is a tradition down in New Orleans. A perfect dessert for your Mardi Gras celebration.
2. Make a Mardi Gras Mask
A mask decorated in purple, green and gold makes a great DIY activity to get in the spirit.
3. Whip Up a Pot of Jumbalaya
A great idea for dinner that is known very well to those in Louisiana.
4. Wear Fashionable Beads
Multiple beads worn around the neck are a fashion statement when it comes to celebrating Mardi Gras.
5. Group Together a Krewe
A Krewe is a group of people who organize parades. Start designing floats for a spectacular Mardi Gras parade!
6. Bake a King Cake for your Guests
The “lucky” guest receives the little plastic baby inside their slice!
7. Gather Doubloons for your Parade Float
Doubloons are thrown to the crowd from the floats; each set is made by a particular Krewe.
8. Attend a Ball
Mardi Gras balls are a great tradition during carnival season created to introduce the King and Queen of the Krewes.
9. Make Zulu Coconuts
These coconuts are traditionally decorated in shimmering gold and handed to the crowd from the parade floats.
10. Become a Flambeaux for your Parade
These performers carry large torches to light the way for floats and now serve as entertainment in the parade.