Two favorite Mardi Gras dishes are King Cake & Gumbo. Today's king cake is a treat descended from the early Christian tradition, the Feast of Epiphany, & the baby inside the cake represents baby Jesus. Gumbo is another favorite meal. It is a signature Southern Louisiana dish with multi-ethnic roots. Courir de Mardi Gras Riders venture house to house to collect items to make a gumbo on Mardi Gras day.