King's Day marks the beginning of Mardi Gras season. - WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

King's Day marks the beginning of Mardi Gras season.

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Tradition holds that January 6 is King's Day. This is the day Catholics celebrate three kings visiting the infant Jesus. It's the kickoff to Mardi Gras season.

People are observing the occasion by purchasing and consuming the King Cake, a Mardi Gras staple. Bakeries in the area are busy filling, hand-rolling, and twisting dough into festive food for the season.

Bakers at Ambrosia Bakery on Siegen lane say they can handle up to 500 fresh King Cakes a day until Fat Tuesday.

“It builds up the closer we get to Mardi Gras, and this year, Valentine's is just a few days before Mardi Gras," says baker Felix Sherman, “We average about 200 anywhere to 500 a day.”

Mardi Gras falls on February 17. That means people have only six weeks to get their fill before King Cakes fall into short supply until 2016.

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