ICYMI: 225’s most-read stories of February 2024

‘Twas the month of beads to bouquets in Baton Rouge. So it’s no surprise that 225 readers were hunting down stories about Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day all month long.

In between all the holiday chaos, our team also found time to cover the opening of a new cafe in St. Francisville as well as an early taste of festival season—and field nominations for this year’s Best of 225 Awards.

Here are February’s most-read stories at 225batonrouge.com—and hey, it’s not too soon bookmark the king cake and V-Day stories for your adventures in 2025.

10. How Baton Rouge florists prepare for Valentine’s Day

Photo by Collin Richie

9. First Look: Basel’s Market returns with fresh details and a familiar feel in its new St. Francisville home


8. Savor barbecue and live music at the new Smoke N’ Funk Fest

Photo courtesy Jordan Hefler

7. King cakes worth driving all over south Louisiana for, according to the ‘225’ staff

Photo by Collin Richie

6. Celebrate Valentine’s Day with these dinners for two in Baton Rouge

File photo by Collin Richie


5. A guide to Mardi Gras in the Capital Region: 25+ parades and events this month

Stock photo

4. An ode to bread, pasta’s trusty side piece at local Italian restaurants

Photo by Collin Richie


3. 225 Fest returns with new vendors, the Human Jukebox, an art walk and more

225 Fest founder Myra N. Richardson. Photo by Ariana Allison.

2. The Best of 225 Awards ballot

1. Where to find a Dong Phuong king cake in Greater Baton Rouge

Photo by Ariana Allison