on September 10, 2000
What can I say except, do it before you die, and try not to die doing it. You can't stand still during Mardi Gras. The music and revelry are intoxicating. There are parades every day for the two weeks in advance of Fat Tuesday (47 days before Easter Sunday). Almost all stores are closed on Lundi Gras(Fat Monday) and Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) but all the bars and restaurants are open. This can be a family experience as long as you keep the kids out of the Quarter. Catch the parades on St. Charles where things aren't as crazy, although you may still have to hide the little one's eyes occasionally. Almost every city on the Gulf Coast celebrates Mardi Gras, from Tampa to Mobile to Galveston, but none of them compare to New Orleans.
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