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Mardi Gras February 28th !
In New Orleans, the first week of January begins King Cake season, a tradition to the city's Mardi Gras celebrations. King Cakes are baked in the Mardi Gras colors: purple, green and gold. they first appeared on the cakes after 1872, when the Rex Krewe selected those colors for its opening Mardi Gras parade. Hidden in each oblong of braided coffee-cake dough is a bean or plastic baby; custom dictates that whoever finds it must give the next King cake party. And one Mardi Gras organization even uses a King cake tradition to choose the queen of its annual ball.