By D’land Diva
HAPPY FAT TUESDAY EVERYBODY!!!
Disneyland is once again bringing more magic into your trip by celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans Square. The celebration will be running February 21 (today), 24, 25, 26 and March 2, 3, 4, 9, 10 and 11. Most of these dates being weekends for maximum enjoyment!. Festivities run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with special events taking place at specific times throughout the day.
Like the Lunar New Year Celebration, Mardi Gras celebration was originally a part of a larger event called Family Fun Weekends last year. This year, however, it is called “New Orleans Bayou Bash” and it is bigger and better than before! There are street performances by Princess Tiana, live musicians playing jazz tunes, dancing, characters dressed in Mardi Gras gear, specialty merchandise and of course, new menu items!
A little Bit of History
Second Line is a tradition in brass band parades in Louisiana, especially New Orleans, Louisiana. The term is also used in association with the traditional dance style.
Music is an important part of most public events in traditional New Orleans culture. Processions with music include the periodic parades of benevolent societies, social aid and pleasure clubs and of course the famous funerals with music, e.e. jazz funerals.
The “first line“ of a funeral consisted of the Krewe (family & friends) of the deceased. The “Second Line” originally referred to people who were attracted to the music. Traditionally such people would follow behind the “First Line”.
To follow such processions because one enjoyed the music came to be known as the “second line” or to be “second lining”. Uninhibited dancing at processions also came to be called “second lining”.
TODAY, “second line” types of dances are held independent of funerals. Examples of modern uses include: ANY & ALL EVENTS/CELEBRATION, i.e. weddings, carnivals, birth of a child, graduations, to name a few. Also, the style has spread beyond the confines of the city of New Orleans, for example, in the Boston area “second line” brass bands and other brass bands lead the senior in their procession from the Harvard houses to the university’s graduation ceremony.
New menu items have been added to the carts and restaurants in New Orleans Square:
Blue Bayou Restaurant– Bouillabaisse $32.99, Apple Fritters with Vanilla Ice Cream and a Dark Cherry Gastrique $8.99
Café Orleans– Fat City Red Snapper with Tomato Bonnet Sauce and Mango Pineapple Relish $17.99, Bananas Foster Crepe with Caramel Rum Sauce $7.99
French Market- Creole Mustard French Style Sandwich $12.99, Mardi Gras Style Meatloaf $13.49, Bananas Foster Cheesecake $4.99
Mint Julep Bar Window and Carts- Mardi Gras Beignets $3.99 for 3 or $6.99 for 6, Strawberry Churros with Warm Chocolate Dipping Sauce $3.75/ $1 for Sauce, Cheddar Bacon Flavor Popcorn $5 for a scoop or $6.75 for a bucket
Diva Tip: The New Orleans Bayou Bash may make New Orleans Square, and therefore rides such as Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion, more populated and harder to access. If you are there for the rides, you may want to get there before 10 a.m. or after 5 p.m.
The Bash is a terrific experience so grab “you mama’s an n’em” if you can, and try make it down to the Parrish of New Orleans Square – Disneyland this year…or next year! You might want to brush up on some of your n’awlins speak before you go!