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Mardi Gras: Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!: Databases

Welcome to the Mardi Gras LibGuide. While this guide will provide you with a number of information sources for your enjoyment of Mardi Gras, as celebrated both in New Orleans and Mobile, it can also lead you to more scholarly resources on the topic.

Interdisciplinary & Discipline-specific Databases

Research on Mardi Gras can take you down many different paths.  Here are listed some of the discipline-specific database we have that can provide a particular perspective on the holiday, or help you find relevant literary information.

The King Cake


"The King Cake tradition came to New Orleans with the first French settlers and has stayed ever since. Like the rest of Mardi Gras during those early days, the king cake was a part of the family's celebration, and really didn't take on a public role until after the Civil War. In 1870, the Twelfth Night Revelers held their ball, with a large king cake as the main attraction. Instead of choosing a sacred king to be sacrificed, the TNR used the bean in the cake to choose the queen of the ball. This tradition has carried on to this day, although the TNR now use a wooden replica of a large king cake. The ladies of the court pull open little drawers in the cake's lower layer which contain the silver and gold beans. Silver means you're on the court; gold is for the queen.”  from

dessert/king-cake.html (Also includes Chef Emeril Lagasse’s King Cake recipe, with the admonition that a King Cake CANNOT be made and served before Twelfth Night, January 6, or after Mardi Gras day.)