This intergenerational event is held on the Saturday closest to January 6. Adults and families gather to make their own King Cake by rolling out the dough, baking, and icing the cake. There are also activities centered around the story of the Wise Men’s visit to the Christ child.
Kings Cakes originated in Europe as a celebratory food of the Feast of Epiphany or Twelfth Night Celebration, which is January 6 (twelve nights after Christmas). The cakes represent the three Kings who traveled to celebrate Christ’s birth and often contained a bean or trinket that represents the Christ child. The cakes are oval or round representing the course that the wise men took because they did not return home the same way they came while looking for the Christ child. The cakes are iced and decorated with sugar sprinkles in green (faith), purple (justice), and yellow (power). King Cake season extends from January 6 to Mardi Gras.