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King Cake

In New Orleans, king cake is a Carnival tradition. Decorated with purple, green, and gold sugar, often with fruit or cream fillings, king cake is served throughout the Carnival season, from Twelfth Night (January 6) until Mardi Gras, the day before Ash Wednesday. A plastic baby (such as the one in the center of this cake) is hidden inside, and the person who receives the slice with the baby is king or queen of the party—and is usually obligated to provide the next king cake.

Creator Unknown
Coverage 2008
Category Folklife
Topics
Regions Greater New Orleans, Orleans
Time Periods Contemporary Period
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Medium Photograph
Repository Wikimedia Commons
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Copyright Public Domain
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