Happy Mardi Gras from a place where today really is just another Tuesday. Ken and I have both been feeling very depressed in these days leading up to Mardi Gras and have decided that from now on we’ll just have to try, if at all possible, to go to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. Obviously we won’t be able to make it happen every year if we’re not living there but if at all possible we’ll just have to make that a yearly vacation. It’s just so sad to be in a city where Mardi Gras is just another Tuesday if you know what you’re missing. Mardi Gras is about so much more than just Mardi Gras Day: it’s about the camaraderie, the celebration, the excitement, the joy, the culture, etc.
It’s about getting bundled up and dressed up in a costume to go outside and catch beads, it’s about coming up with a clever sign to hold up to ensure that you get your fair share of decorated coconuts, shoes and purses. It’s about getting together with friends and family to share some gumbo, jambalaya, crawfish and king cake. It’s about sorting through your beads with friends after a day of parades to decide which beads to keep, and which ones to keep to throw next year. Until you’ve been to Mardi Gras, you don’t understand.
Like I said last week, we know what it means to miss New Orleans and today we are missing it more than ever. Happy Mardi Gras!