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Survival guide to Mardi Gras 2013

Most of you reading this article don’t have a clue as to what is happening  in my corner of the world. As you guys are going about your normal everyday routine, my hometown has been invaded by masked revelers, party seekers and yes…moon-pies.    It is officially Mardi Gras here in southern Alabama, more specifically Mobile, Alabama.  If you don’t know what this is then you can click here and read more about it –>   Let the good times roll

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It is declared a public holiday on Monday Feb. 11th and Tuesday Feb. 12th.  Schools, government offices and many businesses will close for the gala events.  There are parades nightly from now until next Tuesday with several parades all day beginning on Saturday.  These parades have huge floats that carry the masked revelers whose identities must remain secret.  They throw all sorts of trinkets, stuffed animals, beaded necklaces and MOON-PIES!
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On Fat Tuesday there is an estimated 180,000 people downtown to carry on the tradition of eating, drinking and lots of merriment.  Since I have lived here my entire life and personally experienced Mardi Gras, I thought I would pass along some much-needed advice for anyone who may or may not know the skills to make it through all of this excitement.  I’ve narrowed down the top 10 most important tricks to survival  in the original land of Mardi Gras.
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Top ten survival tips for Mardi Gras.
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1.  I know you want to wear your wildest, craziest clothes but make sure you dress in layers because here in the deep south you just never know how the weather will wind up to be.   Be prepared.
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2.  Make sure when you park your car, it is in a legitimate parking space. Don’t try to save ten dollars and park on the side of the street because your vehicle will be towed and you will have to pay 125.00 to get your car from the tow yard.  (This happened to a friend and I twenty something years ago and a close friend of mine just three days ago.    Be prepared.
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3.  Do not carry a purse or anything that you would care about if it were to be stolen or misplaced.  Things seem to happen at Mardi Gras that are just unexplained.   (If you bring your cell phone then attach it to your body so you don’t lose it…wink wink, you know who you are!)  Be prepared
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4.  Make sure you bring money to buy food or you bring food because once you get downtown the aroma of so many wonderful foods is floating in the atmosphere that you will immediately need nourishment!   Be prepared.
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5.  Where comfortable shoes!  You will walk and walk and then walk some more.  Be prepared.
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6.  Do NOT cross over a barricade during a parade, this will cost you a whopping 200.00 fine…but only if the police catch you!   ( I also just recently learned that you can use the barricade to place your children on when your arms get so tired of holding them…works great!)  Be prepared.
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7.  Don’t get upset when someone grabs your five cent trinket after you’ve screamed loudly while waving your hands madly towards strange-looking people riding the floats then scrambling around on the pavement scraping your hands and knees.  Don’t worry…there will be plenty of where that came from…Be prepared.    (It helps to bring a plastic grocery bag to stash all of your goodies in.)
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8.  There are no strangers at Mardi Gras…everyone is with everyone….it’s just the way it is!   Be prepared.
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9.  Alcoholic beverages are numerous and if you decide to indulge yourself, make sure you have someone to lead you back to the car…that is…if it hasn’t been towed.  ( wink wink…you know who you are! )   Be prepared.
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10.  Drumroll please….. Have a good time!   or better said…Let the good times roll!!!!
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4 comments on “Survival guide to Mardi Gras 2013

  1. butimbeautiful
    February 10, 2013

    We have ‘gay mardi gras’ in Sydney – it’s a pretty popular event, that said, I’ve never been. It’s a fun idea.

    • sherrylcook
      February 12, 2013

      Well… That’s interesting! Thanks for visiting. I’ve had enough of mardi gras now to last a year!

  2. diannegray
    February 7, 2013

    LOL – I love #7. Have a ball! 😀

    • sherrylcook
      February 12, 2013

      I did and after this weekend I must add number 11. Do not lock your keys in your car because you will have to wait for hours to get “pop a lock” to come rescue you! Oh well, more time for mischievous revelry!

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