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King Cakes herald in Mardi Gras season

There’s a baby in the cake, and the one who finds him hosts the next party. Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas, Feb. 7-10, is a big party weekend for Port Arthur with lighted parades, beads for all and concerts from Easton Corbin, Chris Cagle and more.

King cakes – a braided sweet roll wreath covered in green, gold and purple icing – is part of the feasting. The ring of cake symbolizes the circular path the Three Kings took to meet the baby Jesus. Whoever gets the serving with the plastic baby tucked inside is honored to host the next King Cake party. Rao’s Bakery in Nederland serves and ships their rich version of these cakes, filled with combinations of berries, cream cheese, cinnamon and apple. They send these comfort cakes from Southeast Texas to Mardi Gras revelers across the nation.

Port Arthur visitors can stop in for a cake, full sized or “mini,” to flavor their visit. Mister Leathers will also guide guests  to Mardi Gras-themed cakes adorned with a fleur-de-lis or star cookies in festival colors. Do you dare to try the Voodoo cake with chocolate and coconut? Leathers  is manager at the Nederland restaurant, 3504 FM 367, across from Central Mall. The cozy bakery has a breakfast and lunch menu, and designer coffees to enjoy with your baked goods. Diners can pose with life sized Blues Brothers statues.

Click here for the Mardi Gras schedule or visit mardigras.portarthur.com. While in town, stop by Museum o f the Gulf Coast for the temporary exhibit Texas Pop Festival Revisited, highlighting contributions from Janis Joplin and Edgar Winter, both of Southeast Texas fame.

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