This time of year always reminds me of how much I love New Orleans. I've never been at Mardi Gras and probably don't want to, as I'm middle-aged and not free-wheeling, but I can only imagine the city vibe is a whole 'nother world at Mardi Gras time.
I have this New Orleans-stamped card up on the a2z Scrapbooking blog today, hope you'll pop over to say hi.
And because Mardi Gras is coming up on February 28th, I thought I'd add some N'awlins facts and fun for you today.
The French Quarter was originally founded as a shelter from hurricanes in the 18th century and laid out in a rectangle block. These next two pics came from here...and aren't mine, but they are lovely.
Mardi Gras means parade floats and it's illegal for float riders to be without a mask. The original reason for the masks was to get rid of social restrictions so anyone could mingle with anyone else.
The beads thrown from the floats have been around since the early 1900s and the flashing to get them is only a few decades old. Other things are thrown like stuffed animals and toys...not sure if you have to flash your top for a teddy bear.
One tradition at carnival time (which ends on Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday) is King Cake...and if you get the piece with the little plastic baby in it, you get good luck for the year and gotta bring the cake next year. Here's a recipe from the Food Network.