Sunday, February 19, 2012

Mardi Gras

It's Mardi Gras season in the South.  That means purple, green, and gold decor, parades, beads, and king cakes.  I love this time of the year in Louisiana where we celebrate Mardi Gras throughout the entire state.  When most people think of Mardi Gras they think of New Orleans.  New Orleans is definitely an experience of its own kind, but I'm from Shreveport which is located in Northwest Louisiana.

Here in our little corner of the world we enjoy Mardi Gras just as much as the southern part of the state.  Mardi Gras kicks off Jan. 7 with the Twelfth Night Celebration and wraps up on Fat Tuesday Feb. 21.  The season gets into full swing with the Krewe of Centaur and Krewe of Gemini parades.  There's also the Krewe of Harambee which celebrates African American history, and the Krewe of Highland parade also known as the children's parade.

This season is no different.  My family and I are out enjoying Mardi Gras once again.  For Caleb, it's all about the parades and seeing how many beads he can collect.  For Nick, it's the music of the marching bands and floats that pass by, and of course the beads.  While Caleb catches all the beads for Nick, Nick enjoys playing with them one at a time.  I enjoy Mardi Gras just as much as my kids.  From the parades and tailgating with friends to buying the delicious king cake.  Pecan praline is the best!

 Whether your a child or an adult Mardi Gras if fun for everyone.  So, Laissez les bon temps rouler ~ Let the good times roll!