Happy Mardi Gras! Growing up in New Orleans was a wonderful experience. Mardi Gras was one of the best times to enjoy the city. People may see it as an adult holiday, but it's also one of the best family celebrations anywhere.
Like most families in New Orleans, we sought either balconies or the tops of the family ladder to scream "throw me something mister" to the passing floats. It was a fantastic time and a wonderful way to grow up. I recommend that you introduce it to your own family if you ever get the opportunity.
Happy Mardi Gras! Michael