Mardi Gras in Chicago. Photo: German karneval
Mardi Gras in New Orleans AP story.
Mardi Gras in Lafayette, Louisiana from two pieces in the Daily Advertiser. Emphasis added.
"Have fun on Fat Tuesday wearing costume and mask. Mardi Gras is at hand, and Tuesday the city will be transformed into a rollicking world of fantasy and fun. ... You owe it to yourself to be a part of it. ... If you come to the party without a costume, you miss the best part of it."
"Those who come in costume enjoy Mardi Gras the most. We urge you to experience that extra enjoyment. ... (T)hose who come in costume have the most fun on Fat Tuesday. Judging of costumes will take place at King's Court on Vermilion Street. We'll be looking for you. You may be featured in Wednesday's paper when we present all the winners in the various classes of costume judging."
"Come to the Mardi Gras. Come costumed and masked."
Take the hint. Wear a costume.
"The tradition of friendliness and responsible behavior, along with excellent police work, always has kept the celebration safe. With thousands of people crowding our streets, arrests are usually limited to misdemeanors - mostly involving people who overimbibed and became pugnacious."
That's sloppy-drunk and belligerent in other places.
"Beyond the happy observance of Shrove Tuesday, Lafayette can celebrate the economic impact of this special day. A team from the University of Louisiana has made several studies of the revenue stream that flows from the celebration. The most recent, conducted after the 2000 event, which drew more than a million people, showed that spending totaled $61.3 million for hotel rooms, food and drink, gifts, throws, parades and balls. More than $1 million was generated in tax revenues."
And what's little pugnaciousness, after all. Especially costumed and masked.
Happy Mardi Gras. Coco