We have absolutely no connection to lent or any of that stuff, but I can definitely say that Louisiana knows how to party! Now what could we possibly do with all the beads we collected at this parade? No clue. But hey, we were waving our arms and screaming along with everyone else in the crowd just because it was so fun to act crazy and fanatical for these funky beads. These floats were hillarious, they were so random, too! Most of them were some kind of cartoon or tv show theme. And all of them glittered with strung beads draped everywhere. We scored a lot of freebies because of the cute little kid bundled in a purple coat on her daddy's shoulder. She got stuffed animals, cups, and a soft mini football. Hooray for Mardi Gras! After the parade, we went to a southern bistro, Copelands, and later at home, we ate our king-cake.