Mardi Gras

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Mardi Gras

POSTED: Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 7:45pm

UPDATED: Friday, February 21, 2014 - 10:34am

The crew at Gambino's bakery on Goodwood are working extra hard to bake, decorate, and box a Mardi Gras staple. Every year fans of the king cake come out to get the delicious treat, but every year the length of mardi gras season changes. Managers say the change in season length affects the king cake business.

"I think people get a little more adventurous with trying different flavors. Maybe (try) a flavor they hadn't tried the year before, because they have a longer time that they're available," Angella St. Romain, manager of Gambino's, said.

The customers aren't the only ones trying something new. The bakery used the extra time to test out new flavors.

"When you have more time you can play a little bit more," St. Romain said. "You know be a little more creative on things so that's fun."

This year carnival season runs from January 6 through March 4 making it a longer season. St. Romain said the longer the season the sweeter the sales. She expects to make around 30,000 king cakes in a long season.

"When we have just a short season like a four week season then we usually do about 25,000," She said.

Bakeries aren't the only businesses that get a piece of the Mardi Gras magic. Businesses near the downtown parade routes also see a peak in profits.

"Always been good crowds for the parades," Freddie Taylor, owner of Poor Boy Lloyd's, said.

Taylor said it's not the length of carnival season that makes the difference in the size of crowds.

"When the weather is bad then there is a difference," Taylor described.

He said every year hungry revelers stop in for a quick bite: "We're going to have the same groups that come in here and hurry up.I got to hurry up and catch the parade."

Mardi Gras is still a few days away, and there's still a lot of time left for people to enjoy the "long" carnival season.

St. Romain said the busiest day of carnival season is still to come. She stated she'll sell the most king cakes on Lundi Gras.

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