I live in New Orleans and we are right in the middle of Carnival -- my favorite time of year. I LOVE the parades and all the family get-togethers we do at this time of year. Mardi Gras is NOT the drunken brawl that most people t
hink it is (of course, you can always find that... if that's your desire), but rather a wonderful time of year for fun parades (2 weeks of them) and special family/friends time. Come on down... you'll have a Ball!!