King cakes aren’t just a New Orleans family tradition, they’re big business
for local bakeries. And with a slightly longer season between Christmas and
Mardi Gras this year compared to last year, business seems to be looking up.
“Without a doubt, this is our busiest time of the year,” said Sam Scelfo,
president of Gambino’s Bakeries Inc. “We sell king cakes year-round and ship out
of town, but between Christmas and Mardi Gras is when our production and sales
really ramp up.”
That’s only logical, since the traditional start for the king cake season is
Jan. 6, Kings Day, also called Twelfth Night or the Epiphany.
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