Nearly seven in 10 Americans said in a recent national survey that they support a motion to declare Mardi Gras a national holiday. Zatarain’s, the brand serving up New Orleans-Style cuisine for 120 years, wants to help America let the good times roll and is leading the charge to declare Mardi Gras a national holiday.
Zatarain’s “Motion for Mardi Gras” is a national petition for 100,000 online signatures asking Congress to proclaim the final day in Carnival season an official holiday. Nearly half of all Americans already celebrate Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday, according to the survey.
To honor the spirit of the Crescent City and benefit the countryís hotbed of Mardi Gras merrymaking, Zatarainís will also make a donation to the Rebuild Fund of the Greater New Orleans Foundation. Zatarainís donation will help support GNOF’s housing and community revitalization activities in areas of the city still struggling to recover from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
While the majority of people surveyed associate Mardi Gras with beads, parties and parades, most Mardi Gras revelry takes place far from Bourbon Street in homes where families gather to enjoy authentic New Orleans cuisine.
For 120 years, the authentic flavors of Zatarain’s make it “big easy” to recreate the bold tastes of New Orleans-Style Mardi Gras fare at home Ė all year long. Manning is a long-time fan of popular Zatarainís mixes such as jambalaya, dirty rice and gumbo. “These are my Mardi Gras menu staples,” she said. “In fact, my family still eats Zatarain’s jambalaya today when they want a taste of home.”
Though the celebration of Mardi Gras is tied to the ancient tradition of feasting and merriment before the beginning of Lent, the fun didnít start in the New World until 1699. Thatís when French settlers first held an impromptu Mardi Gras party in Louisiana.
Today, Mardi Gras is celebrated from San Francisco to New York Ė and everywhere in between. Revelers partake in authentic New Orleans-Style festivities and often set the party mood with jazz music, vibrant masks and flavorful feasts. No celebration would be complete without beads in the traditional Mardi Gras colors of purple, green and gold, representing justice (purple), faith (green) and power (gold).
ďMardi Gras has such a rich tradition and is a fun way to enjoy the spirit of New Orleans far beyond our great city. We know America is already honoring Mardi Gras, which is why Zatarainís is leading the push to have Congress make it official,Ē said Scott Bolonda, President of Zatarain’s.
Help Zatarainís lead the charge to make Mardi Gras a national holiday and give back to the Big Easy. Sign the petition at www.MotionforMardiGras.com, and find all the essentials for hosting a Mardi Gras bash – everything from make-your-own Mardi Gras masks, paper float centerpieces, Mardi Gras trivia and delicious recipes to jazz up the celebration.