Bringing Mardi Gras to Georgia

Purple, green, and gold have been flooding the many streets of Louisiana since January 6 and will continue up through February 13 this year. Why is that? The people of Louisiana are in their favorite time of the year, Mardi Gras. In fact, as I write this, there are people watching parades and already claiming their seats for parades starting later this evening. How do I know this? Well, I spent the last four years in Louisiana, and I can tell you that they are going to be going all out for the next month.

The citizens are going crazy over King Cake samples and buying the first box they see every time they walk into a store. I realized that I would be unable to have all of these samples and have super easy access to King Cake, so I had my own shipped directly to the Brenau campus. Some of my hall mates and other dorm building members went crazy over it trying to find the baby that will bring good luck for the year to whoever finds it. For not being able to physically be back in Louisiana during this time of year, having my own King Cake sitting across my room from me sure is making it worth it.

Would I prefer to be back there right now? Of course! It is one of the hardest things to ever do after even one Mardi Gras in Louisiana. I remember my first Mardi Gras parade like it happened just yesterday. I was a freshman in high school, and I was at the Krewe of Slidellians parade named after my town. My high school marching band was finishing up the route, and one of my friends who was marching asked me if it was my first Mardi Gras. It was great. I was so excited, so if you ever get the chance to go to Louisiana during Mardi Gras season, you should. Just make sure you book your hotel months in advance.