So, I’ve been “busy” each night after work taking my family to the parades each evening that lead up to Mardi Gras day or “Fat Tuesday” as it’s called.
This year the big day falls on February 28th. And if you have business to conduct on the Gulf Coast on that day, then consider your business cancelled. Though, originally a religious-rooted holiday, most of the cities that participate in the celebration close businesses and agencies to join the revelry.
The office I work in will be closed that day, too; even though we will have an “on call” person (ME) to handle emergencies.
In the meantime, parades and celebrations are held every evening, and I have tried to be there to catch my share of beads, stuffed animals, and moon pies.
Private parties, “balls”, and pageants are also plentiful as well as good old fashion “crawdad” “boils”.
I ate my share of the ugly “mud bugs” yesterday at a friend’s house, while watching the Daytona 500.
Even though I’m as southern as the next guy, I’m not a big fan of NASCAR; but I had a great time. My wife and I met some new people, enjoyed some good food and drink, and had a relaxing Sunday afternoon.
I’ve been a lot of places in this country, but nothing beats the Gulf Coast during this time of the year.
If you got some time, I invite everyone to “come on down” and experience “Carnival”.
photo © AP/Mike Kitrell