As part of the celebration of Mardi Gras, it is traditional to bake an oval cake in honor of the three kings – the King Cake. The shape of a King Cake symbolizes the unity of faiths. Each cake is decorated in the traditional Mardi Gras colors: purple represents justice, green represents faith and gold represents power. A small baby, symbolizing the baby Jesus, is baked into each cake.
The Mardi Gras season begins in January and continues until Fat Tuesday, Feb. 21st. the day before Ash Wednesday. During this time of year, one of the most beloved traditions in New Orleans is that of the King Cake.