Mardi Gras: the one of the year it is OK to be bad

By by dianna wray/
March 2, 2011 at 4 p.m.
Updated March 1, 2011 at 9:02 p.m.

If you're allergic to fun, don't celebrate Mardi Gras.

Mardi Gras is the one time of the year, excepting all of those others, when it's OK to be bad. Advisable even, since it's Fat Tuesday, aka Carnival, aka time-for-a-really-big-party. Mardi Gras is traditionally a wild last bit of gluttonous, wild and crazy fun before Ash Wednesday rounds the corner, causing all who believe in it to start being well behaved for the 40 days of Lent leading up to Easter.

Giving things up isn't easy. In fact, the one year I gave up caffeine (I was all of 12), I wanted nothing more than coffee, in IV form if necessary, because it was the one thing I couldn't have.

But Mardi Gras is the last hurrah before that, and if you're smart, you'll head on out and throw yourself into the whirl of beads, feathered masks and people embracing their wild side before they put it away for 40 days. Mardi Gras is not a party for the faint of heart, so go in prepared with these tips on surviving a festival so fun you can celebrate it whether you repent or not.



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