Today is Tuesday, but more specifically, Fat Tuesday! Mardi Gras, or Carnival, is celebrated around the world today. And while it might be too late for you to book it to New Orleans today, here are a few ways you can celebrate the holiday and the city from the comfort of your own home.
Cajun Grocer Gumbo
I've been to New Orleans a couple of times, and my favorite part is definitely the food. You can easily bring some of that flavor home without even visiting the state by shopping at Cajun Grocer. They have five pages worth of tasty gumbos and soups, and with their quantity discounts, the more you buy, the more you'll save. Their Premium Sausage and Chicken Gumbo is $10.75 for a two pound bag, but if you buy two or more they're marked down to $9.95 each, or if you buy six or more they're only $9.15 a bag. Check out the rest of their site too for other mail order food like King Cakes, sausages, and even fresh seafood.
Tabasco sauce is another tasty Louisiana tradition. The Carolina Sauce Company sells the popular hot sauce, as well as some fun twists on the product like Tabasco bottles full of cinnamon candy, gift sets, and lollipops. You can see their selection of Tabasco products here, plus you can use coupon code SPICYLOVE2013 to take 7% off sitewide now through the 15th.
Sparkle jewel Fleur De Lis Sequins Purple Necklace
If you've ever been to New Orleans, you know the Fleur De Lis is everywhere. Show a little love for the Big Easy with this Sparkle jewel Fleur De Lis Sequins Purple Necklace from Zazzle. Originally $21.95, you can use coupon code LOVENECKLACE to take 10% off, which knocks the price down to $19.75. This coupon works on all of Zazzle's other necklaces too!
Mardi Gras Jester Crown Headband
Want to stock up on Mardi Gras goods for next year? BuyCostumes.com has lots of fun accessories for the holiday in their clearance section, like this Mardi Gras Jester Crown Headband. It and other clearance items are up to 80% off when you use coupon code CLEARANCE in cart. This headband was originally $11.99 and is marked down to $8.99, but it comes out to $5.39 with coupon.
New Orleans Hotels
Did all that talk of Mardi Gras motivate you to take a trip? Then take advantage of the Presidents' Day discount at Orbitz; now through February 17, coupon code PREZ15 will take 15% off select hotel stays. New Orleans is a fun place to visit any time of year, but this coupon is good for travel through April 15, 2013.