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Gumbo & Hurricanes

You don't have to be in New Orleans to throw a Mardi Gras Party! Mardi Gras season begins in January with the Feast of the Ephiphany and culminates on Fat Tuesday -- Mardi Gras Day. On Tuesday night, invite a few friends over and celebrate! Here are a few tips to make it easy.

Gumbo & Hurricanes

Mardi Gras Party Tips

Go green, purple and gold

Decorate your home in green, purple and gold, the traditional colors of Mardi Gras.

Dress the part

Ask your guests to wear masks, wigs, costumes or anything a little funky. Don't forget to give Mardi Gras beads to your guests as party favors and enjoy the sound of brass band music all evening.

Serve Mardi Gras food

Offer some fabulous traditional New Orleans and Mardi Gras food. This gumbo recipe is perfect for your Mardi Gras Party.

New Orleans Creole Shrimp Gumbo

Learn how to make authentic shrimp gumbo from Chef Poppy from the New Orleans Cooking Experience:

The traditional cocktail of Mardi Gras is the Hurricane. Here's the perfect recipe for this fabulous drink.

Hurricane Cocktail

  • 2 oz light rum
  • 2 oz dark rum
  • 2 oz passion fruit juice
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp simple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp grenadine


  1. Using a cocktail shaker, shake all the ingredients with ice.
  2. Strain into a hurricane glass.
  3. Garnish with orange slices or cherries, if desired.
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