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Life's a Carnival
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Mardi Gras Throw me something, Mister! the spectators cry as krewe members decked in festive masks toss trinkets to the crowd. If you close your eyes, you can hear the sounds of marching bands and uproarious laughter as a strange mixture of both sweet and spicy scents drift through the air. You are surrounded by thousands of people, most of whom have donned ornate costumes of purple, green and gold.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of people descend upon New Orleans for the celebration known as Mardi Gras. Visitors from all corners of the world line Bourbon Street on Mardi Gras Day for one of the biggest parades around. Savvy locals bring ladders so they don't miss any of the action, but you can get a bird's eye view from BourboCam on the MardiGras.Com web site. This is also a great place to visit for parade schedules and a guide to the best spots to eat in N'awlins. While nothing beats the real thing, if you can't make it to New Orleans this year, you can always escape to the Virtual Mardi Gras where you can send beads and doubloons to your online friends.

Carnival is traditionally known as a feasting season immediately preceding Lent. In addition to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, there are many other celebrations around the world during this time. El Carnaval, the third largest of these fairs, runs from February 13 through March 7 in Mazatlan, although most of the festivities are scheduled for this week. The El Carnaval Web Site includes a full schedule of events as well as plenty of information about Mazatlan and this 101 year tradition.


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1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp grated orange rind
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups pecan halves, toasted

In a heavy pot, combine water and sugar, and boil until a thin syrup forms. Add orange rind, vanilla, and pecans. Stir until pecans are well coated. Pour onto greased jelly roll pan. Break into pieces before completely cool.

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