Happy Mardi Gras.

The quintessential south Louisiana cultural tradition is upon us. And, with cooperating weather, many of us will be enjoying the parades today.

Across our region, in cities and tiny communities, our family-oriented parades will once again remind us of how fun it is to be a kid – even if that age came and went long ago.

At the parades, we can all be kids. We can dance to the marching bands, beg for beads and other throws, spend quality time with friends and family members and generally enjoy just another reason we’re glad to call this place home.

Mardi Gras is a special time, of course. For generations, south Louisiana has heralded the coming of Ash Wednesday and the solemn Lenten season with one final bout of revelry.

It is a thing to behold. Our public celebrations bring out the young and old, as well as everyone in between. We gather along the parade routes with people we might see only at this time of year. And we have fun in the spirit of the holiday.

Mardi Gras gives us a chance to cut loose, all while keeping in mind that this is a family celebration that should remain respectful of everyone in attendance.

Carnival season as a whole is a great time to remember how special our area is. Where else can we enjoy the free public spectacles that our parades have become? Where else can we catch sacks and sacks of beads, along with footballs, plastic cups, oversized tooth brushes and just about anything else we can imagine?

And it is the perfect time to take part in these celebrations. They are only as good or as bad as the people participating allow them to be.

The Carnival krewes plan and prepare year-around for their rides. And the people working along the route to keep us safe do the same. It’s all so we can throw a huge party for ourselves.

Congratulations on being here and being able to take part in it.

We are fortunate to have so many selfless float riders and dedicated law enforcement and medical professionals who all work together to make this incredible event happen year in and year out.

Weather permitting, even if you haven’t done it in years – perhaps especially if you haven’t done it in years – head out to the parades and enjoy the sights and sounds. You will be glad you did.

 

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