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Feb 13
Happy Mardi Gras! Even though it’s not.
Strictly speaking it’s Carnival, and Mardi Gras is just one day, next Tuesday to be precise. So all these parades and stuff that we are going to watch on the streets, the parties, the food and drink at open houses… none of this is Mardi Gras if you are being accurate.But I’ve been here 11 years and I still just call it Mardi Gras. And so do a lot of others I think. So sue me.
We have had a great Mardi Gras / Carnival / Party Season so far. I’ve been out with Nicola for just about every parade. We have spent hours on St Charles Avenue, Nicola has been waving at every float and running after every buggy, motorcycle and motorised sofa going. She is seven now and really loves it. I guess we probably have a few more years before she gets bored and too cool for school.
Still, there is so much to be admired at this time of year. You catch up with people that you haven’t seen in, well, a year, since this time 12 months ago. You bump into them on street corners, you stand beside them, you give them your beads. It’s all very family and fun and friendly and lovely. How anyone can be miserable and unmoved by a huge free street party two blocks from the house is beyond me.
So far the weather has been great, the crowds decent but not packed, and the company great. Not a lot to complain about, and you would have to be a grumpy old curmudgeon to want to do that anyway. Much like me during the rest of the year.
 
So happy whatever you want to call it wherever you are in the world. And I’ll see you next month for St Patrick’s Day / St Paddy’s Season / or whatever the hell we will call that then. Laissez les bon temps roulez my friend…