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Observing Lent: Try Something Different

Yes, Mardi Gras is over for another year and we’re now fasting and abstaining from some of the things we like best, all in the name of the observance of […]

Taxing Liquor during Mardi Gras

What do we do during Mardi Gras? We costume. We party. We drink. We visit with our friends. We listen to music. We drink. We parade. We catch beads and […]

Acculturation is not a privilege, it’s a right; it’s the future

Acculturation, is defined as “The learning of the ideas, values, conventions, and behavior that characterize a social group. Acculturation is also used to describe the results of contact between two […]

Mardi Gras Madness

Are you ready? Weather’s gonna be good. No rain. Nice and warm. Put on your costumes (well, make them first; home-made is the best) and get your partying heels on […]

Curmudgeonly Thoughts on Krewe Gras

Mardi Gras is over, thank goodness. Here are a few curmudgeonly comments. It’s fun to view the parades, appreciate the beauty of the costumes, laugh at the drunks, catch beads […]

Mardi Gras and so much more.

On my way back from a meeting in the French Quarter this afternoon: It’s a really lovely crisp winter day in New Orleans; the weather is simply gorgeous, and the […]

The Greatest Free Show

Mardi Gras has often been called the “Greatest Free Show on Earth,” and I don’t think anyone could possibly argue with that. A New Orleanian’s greatest pleasures is people- watching […]

The Faux and The Reel

For the past couple of days, I’ve been visually bombarded with a huge faux Mardi Gras parade outside my Frenchmen Street perch. A film crew, hundreds of costumed extras, a […]

Mardi Gras Without The Ammo

A relative of mine sent me a joke on Mardi Gras morning via email that at first glance, seemed pretty funny, in light of how much we use digital media […]

Mardi Gras should mean more

Did you have a good Mardi Gras? I did. The bad weather held off. My family and friends had a blast at our house, midway between St. Charles and the […]