Monday, January 28, 2008

Who you callin' fat???

Mardi Gras!!!! It's coming up-- well, the celebrations have already started in NOLA, and Feb. 5 is the actual date. If you've never been, and the only vision you have of Mardi Gras is Bourbon Street, drunkards and flashers, you are missing out.... that's cool for some tourists, but locals and those "in-the-know" appreciate the entire process of festivities and often celebrate for an entire month by decorating their houses in purple, green and gold, chomping on tons of King Cake, and subsequently biting that plastic baby's butt!

It's also pretty sweet that, in New Orleans, often Lundi Gras (Fat Monday) and Mardi Gras (Phat Tuesday) are paid holidays at work and people are encouraged to take those days off and participate in parades and balls, debutante balls, that is.

Mardi Gras celebrations date back to the 1580's in Europe, and the rich tradition of the mysterious and secret society Krewes and their Kings has been alive for over 150 years in America.

Krewe of Endymion parade float

It really is one of the activities you must partake in before you die; from Mid-City through the CBD, and Uptown there are hundreds of parades to catch, second lines to step to, and other lagniappe...but stay away from Bourbon Street if you're not into random boobs.


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