One of my favorite things about living in New Orleans is the culture. And what is the greatest "cultural" holiday that we celebrate down here? MARDI GRAS!!!!!!! That's right, yesterday marked the Twelfth Night, aka Epiphany, which means the start of carnival season! What does this mean to us folk? Balls, parties, parades, king cakes, unlimited drinking and eating, guaranteed time off from work and even anywhere between 3-5 days off of school for the kiddos! Growing up, kids down here definitely think Mardi Gras is a national holiday and don't understand why others don't celebrate it. One thing I love about Mardi Gras is it really is what you make of it. It can appeal to every type of person. Want a wholesome, neighborhood parade that the whole family can enjoy for an afternoon? We got that! Want a weekend of camping out on the streets of St. Charles, grilling 24/7 with a fun mix of family and friends? We got that! Do you want to have that "anything goes" attitude and partake in the debauchery on Bourbon Street? Well of course we got that too! So stay tuned as over the next month I will be sharing with you the 411 of Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Let the count down begin.... 35 days until Mardi Gras Day!! (Although the partying start NOW!)
Yesterday was a very special day for another reason as well... something way bigger. My parents celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary!! How incredible is that?!? My brothers and I have been so blessed to have such wonderful parents and tremendous role models to show us what "marriage" truly means. I thank the good Lord everyday for blessing me with my parents who individually are remarkable but when together, they are so very extraordinary. Happy Anniversary Mama and Daddy! I love you!!!!