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Are You In That Number?

Mardi Gras parades for 2021 may be cancelled, but that doesn’t mean we need to lose our Carnival spirit.

New Orleans Magazine wants to see YOUR Mardi Gras house decorations.

In a two-part decoration contest, we’re looking for the best Mardi Gras decorated house.

Get in that number for a chance to win a spotlight in our New Orleans Magazine March 2021 issue and a [ $1000 Grand Prize ].



Part 1: From Jan. 6 to Feb. 4, submit a photo and brief description of your Mardi Gras home decorations.

Part 2: The top editorial picks will move on to round 2, a reader’s choice round. From Friday, Feb. 5, to Mardi Gras Day, Feb. 16, readers will vote for their favorite house decorations.

The house with the most votes by noon on Mardi Gras day will win the $1,000 grand prize and be highlighted in the March and April 2021 issues of New Orleans Magazine. Runner up will receive a Mixology Bar Set with a started set of bitters from The Sazerac House valued at $104.


Participate in the fun with your own socially-distant Mardi Gras house parade of our finalists before you cast your vote. Each of the finalist will be highlighted on our Mardi Gras parade map for you to visit during what would have been our Carnival celebrations.


The Official Cocktail of the Krewe of New Orleans:

Presented by The Sazerac House

Ojen Cocktail

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  • 2 oz Ojen
  • 5 dashes Peychaud’s Bitters
  • .25 oz simple syrup
  • Lemon twist
  • Cracked cubes

In a double old-fashioned or short rocks glass, add the Ojen, simple syrup, and bitters, then add cracked ice and stir.

Use a lemon twist to express the oils over the surface of the drink, then discard the lemon twist.

Ojen Cocktail history: An obscure anise-based liqueur, originally produced near the small town of Ojén, Spain, the spirit grew in popularity in New Orleans after its introduction by a liquor importer during the height of the tourist season in 1883. It was advertised as superior to absinthe and became the drink of choice with Mardi Gras krewes to celebrate carnival. In the late 1980s, the Spanish distillery ceased production, and famed New Orleans restaurants bought the last cases, saving them for special occasions. In 2016, the Sazerac Company released a painstakingly reproduction of the original recipe and we can once again celebrate carnival with this distinctly New Orleans cocktail.