The closer you get to the Gulf Coast, the bigger the Mardi Gras celebration you'll find. Around these parts, you'll find king cake, maybe a little live New Orleans-style music at a joint or two, and a couple Cajun dishes at Que Sera Sera and Cock of the Walk, but you won't find any second-line parades headed down Amite Street.
That's OK. Bring Mardi Gras to your everyday life between now and Fat Tuesday, March 8. As long as you've got something purple, green or gold (traditional Mardi Gras colors), you're already one step ahead of the people who are spending their time trying to figure out what to give up for Lent. Come on, baby, let the good times roll! Laissez les bons temps rouler.
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I lived in New Orleans for 14 years and miss the celebrations of the balls and parties. I was born in Natchez, MS and I see that they have developed Krewes and parades. I now see that Vicksburg has joined the bandwagon. What is the hold up on the capital city? A Mardi Gras in Jackson. Is that a long range pipe dream?