As people flood the streets of New Orleans for Mardi Gras to celebrate, pass around beads and enjoy the city's unmatched music scene, they also gather to eat and drink. In fact, Fat Tuesday is, at its core, a time to feast (hence, why it is called "Fat" Tuesday) before giving up indulgences during Lent. 

Check out the slideshow above to learn about some unexpected and exciting food and drink traditions from New Orleans and its largest annual celebration: Mardi Gras. 

Also, learn how to make king cake, a Mardi Gras favorite.

Tags: Dinner, Cajun & Creole, Mardi Gras

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