"Hey Mister, Throw Me Somethin'!"
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It’s Fat Tuesday, folks! Mardi Gras!
For several years the Old Blue Bus was parked on a small lot of land in Boutte (Boo-Tee), Louisiana, just off Hwy 90 west of New Orleans. Your humble driver managed to survive the annual 'round-the-clock party that is Carnival Week in New Orleans for three years in a row. I was fortunate enough to share the good times with some fellow gypsies and very good friends such as this happy reveler, our good friend Joey.
It's been more than twenty-five years since I've been able to make it to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, but I have celebrated every year no matter where the Bus was parked. For the past few years, the company that I work for has helped to make the celebration more complete. The company is based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. While the home office is closed today for the holiday, those of us working on sites far from the party will receive a fresh King Cake sent overnight from New Orleans.
In these times when it’s difficult to tell one city from another, with a Wal-Mart in each suburb and a Starbucks on every corner, New Orleans is a unique American city. It’s a shame that our government has compounded the mess made by Katrina. I hope that New Orleans will rise from the mud to take its place once again as one of the truly amazing cities in the world.
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To learn more about Mardi Gras in New Orleans and watch live cams of the parades and celebrations visit MardiGras.com.
Laissez les bons temps rouler!