Locals celebrate Mardi Gras with handmade sweet treats

RAPID CITY, S.D. — It’s Mardi Gras – or Fat Tuesday – a day of feasting and celebration before Lent. Celebrated around the world, it’s sometimes called Carnaval, and the sights and sounds of the festivities are hard to miss.

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Deadwood held its Mardi Gras celebration over the weekend with Cajun food sampling and a parade.

On Tuesday morning, people lined up outside of Pistachio Pie Bakery for some traditional sweet treats. The bakery offered king cakes (a fan favorite for Mardi Gras) as well as beignets in addition to their usual selection of goodies.

“The king cake is really more based on a cinnamon roll. It’s a sweet bread, and then we put some butter and some cinnamon sugar and roll it and then shape it,” says owner Nickie Steinback.

If you didn’t manage to get your sweet treats, Pistachio Pie Bakery will also be hosting a fundraiser this weekend. 20% of the proceeds will go to the Hornets, the Rapid City Junior Olympic Softball Team, and the owners will match up to $500.

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