I wish I was back on the coast, freezing my tail off, drinking beer and catching Mardi Gras beads.
Mardi Gras on the Coast of Mississippi is an incredible experience, I think. It's been a while and I was usually inebriated. Despite the libations, Mardi Gras in Mississippi is a far cry from Mardi Gras in New Orleans and the two should never be confused.
Things have changed, I'm sure, but I remember Mardi Gras as a family experience to some degree. As a family we would head down to Biloxi early in the morning loaded with chairs, coolers, and blankets. It was like tailgating, except no football game. Instead you'd setup along the parade route with more family and friends and wait for some drunken fool on a float to throw you beads.
In between each parade you'd wander around the city looking for more friends and decent places to pee. Food was always available and shared freely and everyone was always happy to see everyone else. At least during the day. Once the sun set, it was time for the kiddies to go home as the drunks would be in full swing and a little out of control. This caused problems, but was all part of the mischief that is Mardi Gras.
I'm obviously not going this year, but maybe next year. Either way, Bon Temps Rouler!.