Four State residents celebrate Mardi Gras - KOAM TV 7

Four State residents celebrate Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday is a holiday of sorts dating back to the 18th century.
For some, it's a last celebration before Ash Wednesday, a day marking lent. Many in the Four States are soaking in every minute.
"Mardi Gras is a blast," said Jennifer Pryer, Jasper resident.  "There are so many things to do.  I can't believe Pittsburg doesn't do a Mardi Gras parade."
"It's fun because you get to spend time with your friends and have a good time," said Mark Ketler, Joplin resident.
"Hoping the good times will go rolling tonight," said Chris Paith, Joplin resident.
One tradition dates back to the 1930's called king cake.
"This year I made a king cake and the baby is in there," Pryer said.  "Whoever gets the baby is in charge of hosting next year's Mardi Gras party."
Some new traditions started at Bourbon Street, a Pittsburg bar and restaurant with a Louisiana feel.
"It's a great party, great fun night, and we're bringing a little bit of New Orleans to Pittsburg, Kansas," said Callie Ronan, bartender for Bourbon Street.
"We have the best cajun food in town," said Ashton Halda, bartender for Bourbon Street.
Other's gathered at Turtleheads Raw Bar, a cajun hot spot in Joplin.
"A lot of our food is from authentic cajun recipes and we've got award winning gumbo," said Dan Vanderpool, Owner of Turtleheads Raw Bar.
"We just got through eating dinner and it's the best cajun food you will ever have," Paith said.
Those in attendance encourage anyone who may be skipping out this year, to consider joining the fun next year.
"I think they just haven't learned yet what Mardi Gras is all about," Pryer said.  "Because tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, you put it all away until Easter."
"We wear beads, we have fun, that's what it's all about," Paith said.
And it isn't too late to join in on the fun.  Both Bourbon Street in Pittsburg and Turtleheads Raw Bar in Joplin plan to continue the live music and festivities until closing time.
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