Friday, February 10, 2012

"Dirty" Mardi Gras "Trade & Giveaway"!

Tonight kicks off the Mardi Gras Festivities in Houma, LA, with Hercules rolling down West Park and on to Main Street ending on Barrow Street! Although, New Orleans has been partying for the last week! ***jealous face*** That is okay though. We are going to catch up for sure! This time of year is very special to our heritage; but is more than just partying. Seriously!

Here's some facts surrounding this great holiday! Mardi Gras means "Tuesday party", also known as "Fat Tuesday". It is celebrated because the day after, or Ash Wednesday in the Catholic religion, is supposed to be a day of fasting. The early settlers in this area celebrated differently than we do today; however, we have continued the tradition of the celebration by incorporating good food, good friends, and plenty of partying! Maybe moreso than we should! lol

So what does all of this have to do with the giveaway, you ask? Here goes...

Mr. Pete has a secret obsession! Are you ready?

Mr. Pete has a collection, an infatuation really! Every year for Mardi Gras, Mr. Pete becomes a hunter. Not with a bow or gun or anything like that. He hunts for specialty beads! Yes! Mr. Pete has a secret collection of, what I like to call, "Dirty Beads"! Now, I know what you all are thinking, and that's not it!!! lol He just loves Mardi Gras beads with a "bayou" theme. Now that I've aired out all his dirty laundry, hence the phrase "Dirty Beads", here are a few pieces in his collection.

Now don't tell Mr. Pete that I was handling his "Dirty Beads"!

I know what you are all thinking! Get to the point of the Trade & Giveaway? What is a Trade & Giveaway anyway? Well, I wanted this to be fun and interesting for everyone, whether you are able to join in the festivities or not. So, this is the plan!

We want to see your throws! Send us your pics of the specialty beads you catch! We are looking for the unusual, "bayou-themed beads! For those who are unable to be a part of this wonderful party, we want to share with you how creative our throws are! We will be choosing 2 winners! One winner will be chosen for their photo entry. Here's the catch! Whoever wins will have to trade their specialty bead for some Cajun spices! A second winner, outside of Louisiana, will be chosen for their participation and will recieve the bead chosen and of course a spicy treat!

So there you have it! Post a picture of the most unique bead or make the most unique comment, and you can win this delicious and fun Trade & Giveaway!

Happy "Dirty" Mardi Gras!

*Winners will be chosen and announced on Fat Tuesday. Winners will have 48 hours to respond to their winnings. If no response is received, another winner will be chosen. All "picture" entrants must be willing to relinquish and mail their bead (pictured) to: Mr. Pete's Cajun Spices, 353 Ozia Skyline Drive, Houma, LA 70364. Thank you to all entries!

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