Yes, Mardi Gras is almost here! Fat Tuesday is only two days away, and if I was still living in New Orleans that would be all everyone was talking about.
Carnival Season actually begins on Twelfth Night and ends on Mardi Gras day with Lent closing the partying down after midnight. The excitement and parties and parades pick up pace in that intervening time until the wild and jubilant climax on Fat Tuesday when spectacular parades run all day with thousands of people cheering at full throttle, dancing to the raucous bands that prance down the streets, and grabbing for colorful beads, doubloons and other trinkets that fill the air. (In our days in the city we caught bikini panties, ice cream scoops and umbrellas.)