Growing up in Southwest Louisiana, we celebrated Mardi Gras BIG. By definition, Mardi Gras translates to Fat Tuesday, or the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Its a time of celebration before the season of Lent.

Mardi Gras is known for costumes, beads, masks, parades and king cakes. It defines the saying ‘laissez les bon temps rouler’ – Let the Good Times role! Officially, Mardi Gras is Tuesday, February 21, 2023; but here in Austin, the season of merriment has already started.

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Being a Louisiana girl at heart, I have found some local favorites in my 20 years here in the Austin area…the Berry Chantilly king cake from Whole Foods, a Cajun dinner and zydeco music at Evangeline Cafe (8106 Brodie Lane).

Some ways to make your own fun, at home, is to create masks with art supplies; bake your own king cake (try a cinnamon roll recipe), listen to Cajun music, or decorate floats out of shoe boxes and parade around the house. These are all guaranteed ways to bring the fun of Fat Tuesday home to your kiddos.

Looking for more free fun? Check out these upcoming events:

2/17 Music by Charles Thibodeaux and the Austin Cajun Aces at HEB Mueller (7pm – 9pm)

2/18 Mardi Gras Mask and Craft fun at the Willie Mae Kirk Branch Library (11am – 12:30pm)

2/19 Music, Crafts and Drinks at the Hive (4pm-8pm)


Ashley Rew-Hunter is described by a friend, as an explosion of rainbow sprinkles. Ashley embraces the notion that you only have one life and you need to make it count. With that being said, Ashley’s family motto is “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop”. Ashley and her family have called Austin home for 22 years. They  now reside in the Bee Cave area. Ashley has worked for almost 20 years with Special Education Students, runs a successful naturally based haircare business and LOVES connecting through social media. You can keep up with Ashley, and her family @curlmecrazyashley



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