Mardi Gras!

_C1_1128Sure, it’s early, but who cares? Happy Mardi Gras! Hundreds of people of all ages cheered, screamed, raced to pick up candy and beads and danced to exuberant New Orleans jazz today in downtown Fayetteville, and I was smart enough to join them.

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_C1_0856Regretfully I must admit it was my first real Mardi Gras parade — and half of my family’s from New Orleans! Disgraceful. I know it was only a sliver of the revelry coming soon on Bourbon Street, but it was still a good time.

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_C1_0945It was a balmy 60 degrees, though even that isn’t warm enough for some Southerners.

_C1_0835The parade was infused with Brazilian influences, like the people practicing capoeira above. Carnaval, of course, is also going on as I type.

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_C1_1059If you missed it, Fayetteville’s having another parade Tuesday night, with a bit more of the drunken raucousness befitting Mardi Gras, I imagine. Otherwise I hope your town marks the occasion.

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_C1_1148Thanks for looking!

Dan

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