Video: Mardi Gras – New Orleans
For anyone that doesn’t know the basic principal of Mardi Gras I will try to explain it. Bare in mind that I have read nothing about the history of the festival so I can only write about my experiences of it. I guess the history doesn’t really matter in a way, like at Christmas when you only really want to see the presents, which in this case are titties.
The basic idea is that a revolutionary type of commerce is set up just for the festival whereby beaded necklaces are traded for baring flesh. People line the balconies of the bars on Bourbon street and dangle their currency whilst shouting like traders on the floor of the stock exchange, “Titties! Titties!” Its like a carnival where all of Americas sexual repression and just general rule bound political correctness is tossed to the side like a broken string of beads.
In actuality you don’t have to bare you breasts at all. Disappointingly I don’t think any of the girls we went down with did (unless they snuck off to do it the dirty sluts). Beads rain down like artillery fire in the Battle of Alam el Halfa and, just like field martial Bernard Law Montgomery, we had to be calm under fire, not finishing all our grenades (the receptacle of choice for drinks at some of the bars) too soon.
By the end of the night the streets are piled with beads as the drunken dregs slipped off home. The Christian protesters had given up hours before, probably deeming those remaining to be either beyond saving or beyond the point of basic communication. At one point it seemed like there were more Christian protesters than there were revelers to be honest. Some of them not really helping their cause by singing songs which generally added to the party atmosphere. One of them asked Digger if he knew about Jesus to which he replied, “Wasn’t he the main character in that Mel Gibson film?” The mans face became cold and, even though Digger was in fact correct, the look said one thing, “I way prefer the book to the film”
Oh and “You guys are going to Hell.”