In New Orleans, a “Fat Tuesday” celebration is a day where everyone in the state will come together to celebrate the last day of the Carnival season! Coming together with floats, masks and good food and drinks, it’s the perfect chance to celebrate before the fasting period of Lent begins.
Last night, Po’ Boy Quarter and Ding Dong Lounge partnered together to give Melbourne a taste of a typical New Orleans Fat Tuesday celebration. Set up in Argyle Square, Carlton, (which in our opinion is a much underused outdoor space) the festivities kicked off early at 4pm. With the afternoon sun beating down, crowds flocked to the sidelines for a bit of shade and to save their dancing feet for later in the evening.
Food trucks to choose from included BlueBonnet BBQ, Gumbo Kitchen, Po’ Boy Quarter and Girl with the Gris Gris, serving up delicious cuisine including Louisiana Gumbo, Po’ Boys, Texas BBQ, Tacos and more. We got to chatting the man behind the Gumbo at Gumbo Kitchen learning the ins and outs of making the stew that originated in southern Louisiana during the 18th century, and of course we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try their delicious gumbo fries (a first for us)! Topped with cheese and gumbo, this dish is was cooked to perfection and had us craving seconds.
RocKwiz Supremo Brian Nankervis was the MC of the night, delighted the crowd between the trombones and tubas of Horns of Leroy, the songs of The Always for Pleasure Allstars with Kerri Simpson and the tunes of The Gumbo Blues Band which got the hips shaking and feet tapping in what felt like a true Carnival celebration.
And in case you were wondering who won Melbourne’s first King and Queen of Mardi Gras, the festival’s Wonderwoman awarded the prize to the Velvet woman in black, and the young boy who was the biggest Richmond fan.
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