According to a Feb. 26 article on Web Pro News, the New Orleans Pelicans are bringing out the King Cake Baby mascot for Mardi Gras. There are a lot of folks who feel very creeped out by this giant baby complete with giant diaper. Those unfamiliar with New Orleans and their traditions for Mardi Gras may not understand why the mascot is relevant; the traditional King Cake is not universally understood either.
About the only time you can get a King Cake is in Louisiana between Fat Tuesday and Ash Wednesday. The King Cake is in honor of the three kings from the Christmas story. There is a little plastic baby hidden inside, although they were once made out of ceramics. The baby is supposed to symbolize the Christ child. Ehow.com has an article explaining the traditions surrounding the King Cake. The person who gets the piece with the baby is the king or queen for the day, and they are supposed to also be the beneficiary of good luck.
Web Pro News quotes many people who just don’t feel the love from the Pelicans’ mascot. While the traditional King Cake baby symbolizes Jesus Christ, this mascot looks more like the doll from the movie, “Chucky!”
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