Mardi Gras means many different things to many different people. Some people love the tradition. Some people love the parades. Some people love the boobs (typically manchildren). Some people love any excuse to get drunk during the day. Some people love the brass bands (who doesn't?). And some people who live here can't wait to get outta town for the week. Let's face it- so many years of the crowds, belligerently drunks, piles of horse dung, and puddles of vomit can be a bit much.
But something that never gets old is the age old sport of people watching. It never fails to amaze me the lengths people are willing to go to dress up and impress other Mardi Gras goers. The people in this town never need an excuse to drink or dress up, but if there ever was a need for one, Mardi Gras would be it. This is my favorite part of carnival...the crazy characters.
Here are a few of my favorite characters from Mardi Gras of this year. You can find many more in this collection here.