My memories of Mardi Gras in New Orleans are very colorful and exciting. We'd line the streets of downtown awaiting the floats and musical residents strolling in a dance that only the jazzy Louisiana folk.
But this day takes on a different feel. Instead of the beads, doubloons (coins) or king cakes, I yell out, "Hey Mister, thank you!"
Mardi Gras will always be a wonderful festival of tradition. I know this is not the first one aster the devastation, but as a native of New Orleans I want to thank all of you who helped and are still helping in the recovery of this nostalgic and one of a kind city. Our lives will not be the same without the cuisine and culture of New Orleans.
So we toast to you and the celebration of Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras). I am throwing you LOVE! Celebrate big, but be safe and responsible.