Jun 11, 2014 10:15 Dips as much a part of Mardi Gras as king cake Dips as much a part of Mardi Gras as king cake Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Make up a batch of Mardi Gras Black Bean Dip for parties or parade watching. Julie Kay| Special to The Advocate June 11, 2014 Comments What do you think of when it comes to Mardi Gras foods? While king cake may be the most associated food item of the celebratory period leading to Ash Wednesday, I think of all the dips brought to parties, office gatherings and parade picnics. Yes, parade picnics, especially if you will be at any of the family-friendly parades. Food, tailgate style, is everywhere. Get creative with the chips and buy some of the more colorful ones on the market today. Make the dip the day ahead. Not only will that free up morning time, but the dip’s flavors may actually blend better after sitting overnight in the refrigerator. This particular dip will not need to cook for very long and is an easy one to prepare. It makes a good amount so share with your fellow parade-goers. Freeze if you wish for another day or eat it all at one sitting. It is, after all, Mardi Gras. Julie Kay is a columnist for The Advocate. She can be reached at email@example.com.