Feb 6, 2013 7:54 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck
Even if your loved ones are far away from Mardi Gras festivities, there are ways to still get a piece of the action, and a piece of King cake. A Lafayette company ships thousands of King cakes throughout the country, and even as far as Afghanistan.
Customers from around the world order through www.shippingkingcakes.com. Shipping Ect. gets the cakes from Meche's Donut King.
"There's a lot of pressure involved in shipping out these King cakes. There's a lot of work taking the orders and a lot of preparation in getting the cakes to ship," John Nugent the owner of Shipping Ect. said.
Nugent says they ship nearly 200 King cakes a day during Mardi Gras season. He says right now, they're busier than usual.
"This year Mardi Gras season is a little more compressed than it normally is so we are shipping out a lot more cakes compared to last year," Nugent said.
By Mardi Gras almost 3,500 King cakes will get shipped mainly all over the U.S. and Canada.
"We prepare the King cakes for shipment by wrapping them in saran wrap and then we put them in a special box, and help prevent them from getting damaged in transit," Nugent said.
In order to receive the King cakes by Mardi Gras, you have to order by Sunday and choose over-night delivery.
"This time of year is a lot of fun. It gets kind of crazy, but we have a lot of fun doing this. It's hard work, but it's worth it in the long run," Nugent said.
So anyone can have a taste of Mardi Gras, no matter the distance.