Twelfth Night is the official start of Mardi Gras which occured on Jan. 6th.
Fat Tuesday is February 21st, 2012
So on that note I have decided to make my top 10 list of things I love and hate about Mardi Gras.
Top 10 Things I Love About Mardi Gras
10 - Beads
9 - Music
8 - King cake
7 - Watching tourist make fools of themselves
6 - St.Anne's parade on Fat Tuesday
5 - Mardi Gras Balls
4 - My friends coming to visit
3 - Seeing Harry Connick Jr. at Orpheus
2 - Costumes
1 - The Parades
Top 10 Things I Hate About Mardi Gras
10 - Not being able to move my car for fear of never getting my parking spot back.
9 - Forget about delivery food, everyone is too busy
8 - Stocking up on groceries because I cant move my car and my friends who are visiting ate everything.
7 - Restaurants are too busy and on set menus
6 - Drunk tourist peeing in my alley way and where ever else they feel like it (find the port a pottys people)
5 - Garbage, garbage and more garbage
4 - Having to weave thru the crowds to get anywhere
3 - Noise
2 - Lack of sleep
1 - College frat boys on Bourbon Street - No, you cannot see my tits for a string of plastic beads.
And now I shall tell you one of my favorite Mardi Gras stories.
A few years back some of my friends rented a condo in the Quarter with a beautiful balcony overlooking St.Peter Street.
As I was sitting on the balcony sipping my wine, I noticed many people walking by, waving at me, taking my picture, tossing me beads and no, I was not working for them.
WOW, I thought to myself, I must really be looking HOT today.
It took me awhile to realize, that strung across the length of the balcony was a banner that read: