Mardi Gras Essay

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T'S MARDI GRAS!!!!! Yes, New Orleans' famous Carnival season is this years' never-ending party and you're invited. Mardi Gras, famous for its colorful and cultural parades, is an experience you can't go any longer w/out! The Streets are packed with both tourists and Native Louisianans as they celebrate Mardi Gras in full color and sound. . The Huge Parades come flashing down the street we fresh music, an explosion of lights, and spectacular floats. Everyone is having a great time, enjoying the festivities of the parade. So you're new to Mardi Gras, but don't want to act like it? Here in brief, are the basic facts about Americas' greatest party.
     Carnival season begins on January
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Doubloons which are aluminum coin-like objects bearing the Krewe's insignia on one side and the parades theme on the reverse. You can see the sparkling of the coins in the air and there's that all too familiar "ding-ding" sound when they hit the street. You can see the crowd bending over to look for them on the ground. Little toys and stuffed animals are some of the many little trinkets thrown about. Of course there is always some one waving around colorful underwear to give out to the deserving fan.     
     For someone new to Mardi Gras, you must first simply relax and have fun. It is a time for families to bring the kids out for some fun and celebration. The local Newspaper will have listings of the daily parades. For the younger kids, going to any of the Day-Time parades is best. The streets are packed w/ cleverly costumed paraders, marching bands, music, and thousands of people. It's good to get there early to grab a spot to set up since the good spots tend to disappear quickly. Waiting for the parade to make it to your area can be tedious, so brink some food and chairs. Sun block would be a good idea as well, it may be sunny out there. When the floats arrive they will be tossing hundreds of beads, cups, doubloons, and little toys overboard into the streets. Since there are so many people in the crowd, you should try to get the "Krewe's" attention. Many
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