Mardi Gras 2012: February 21

“No Officer, there’s no blood in my alcohol system.” —unknown

 

Mardi Gras, the time of year where anything goes.  It’s like what you would get if you mixed Halloween with the circus, ten thousand strippers, your crazy Aunt Bertha—thrice removed, and lots and lots of alcohol.

It means “Carnival Season” to some, and to others, a picture of you on the front cover of a magazine, wearing 20 pounds of beads, topless, maybe bottomless, and drowning in cheap wine while surfing above a crowd of drunken strangers.  Mardi Gras is celebrated all over the world, by many different cultures, but there’s one particular place that has made Mardi Gras what you think it is today.

You guessed it!  The one place in the world that we all think about when we hear “Mardi Gras”, the place that has made Mardi Gras the guilty little secret of so many college-aged teens, the place where Girls Gone Wild look tame, is none other than New Orleans.

New Orleans is to Mardi Gras as peanut butter is to jelly or cookies is to cream or vodka is to Jell-O.  During this time, the streets of New Orleans are packed full with people, parades, and certain other things that only ever appear with black squares on top of them in photos.  People from all around the world flock to New Orleans for Mardi Gras every year.  They book their flights, hotels, and restaurants months in advance and still have to worry about not having a place to stay due to double-booking.

But Mardi Gras isn’t a place, a person, or even an object.  It’s an entity, something that can be celebrated anywhere that you are.  Sure, it may be nice to spend the hundreds, maybe thousands, of dollars to check out Mardi Gras in its capital city, but you can spread the Mardi Gras spirit wherever you are.  If you’re going to Mardi Gras, holding your own celebration, or have been to one in the past, tell us your story!  We want to hear how much fun you had and how crazy things got.

Share the love, share your Mardi Gras!

Published February 1, 2012

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