When I say I’m going to school in New Orleans, the first thing people ask about is Mardi Gras. “What are you going to do for it?” “You better be careful during Mardi Gras.” “You better not have any beads, no flashing!!” etc etc, the list goes on and on. To be completely honest, I had no idea what to really expect during this holiday of craziness. But, now that I’ve survived my first Carnival season, I’m excited to share a little bit about my experience, and hopefully shed some light on what actually goes down.
I want to first say that beads are NOT only thrown for flashing. Everyone I’ve met that’s actually from here just rolls their eyes at this notion. I’ve had several locals tell me that “only the tourists flash”. So rest assured; I did absolutely no flashing–I witnessed none either–I stayed safe throughout the week, and I had the most fun I’ve had had in a long time. It was a great bonding experience for my suite, and was just an overall amazing experience. I’ve never seen quite so much glitter, but I’m not complaining about an excuse to be decked out in sparkles. I’ll never get rid of all the glitter in my room, but I guess that’s life here in New Orleans.
You might also be wondering why I’m sitting in my dorm room writing a blog post on Fat Tuesday. While my weekend was fantastic, it was also exhausting, and classes officially resume tomorrow morning. I think I speak for most students here when I say going out tonight is not really on our minds (although that may also have something to do with living in the honors’ dorm). I hope you all enjoy these pictures of some of the crazy costumes we wore, and I hope all of you have the chance to experience Mardi Gras at least once in your life.
Stay tuned for more updates,
xoxo, second sister suzie