Today is Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday)

Overlooking festivities in the French Quarter

Mardi Gras!

2020 was my first time ever attending Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, but it wasn’t what I had envisioned. Excited at the prospect of experiencing in person this world-renowned festival, shock replaced anticipation after someone died at one of the parades.  Attempting to cross the street between a tandem float, they were caught, pulled down and run over. Not only once did it happen, but twice that week. That second incident occurred at a parade I was watching. The experience cast a cloud of concern over me in the subsequent days as I observed the many spirited revelers that demonstrated little regard for safety. I was glad to hear that for future parades additional precautions will be taken.

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