I am down in New Orleans (NOLA for short) celebrating the end of the carnival season, or Mardi Gras, with my extended family. We’ve gone to quite a few parades, done our fair share of indulging in adult beverages (for those of us over 21; we keep it legal, kids), and filled trunks of our road-tired cars with beads and throws.
As many of you know, this week marks Mardi Gras and its notorious celebrations in New Orleans. When you think about Mardi Gras, what comes to mind? If you’re like many people, images of floats, big crowds of people, drinking and beads may come to mind. And those beads, as you know, often come with a price.