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Carly's First Mardi Gras

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FEBRUARY 24, 2014: My throwing arm aches. My ears are ringing. My voice is hoarse. But I don't even care! Those are the signs I had a blast at my first Mardi Gras parade.

Randy Harville and his buddies from the Krewe of Centaur hosted me and Jessica Crandall on the "Oz the Great and Powerful" float. The experience, from beginning to end, could not have been more fun. We hung out with the Krewe for several hours before the parade began, just taking in the sights and sounds at the staging area downtown. Everyone was in the Mardi Gras spirit and the weather was perfect. I learned the correct way to load up my beads and throw them to the cheering crowd! A giant smile donned my face throughout the entire five mile parade route. As I usually do with everything, I created a bead throwing plan, first making eye contact with a reveler, then aiming directly for their hand. I was even impressed with my own hand-eye coordination! When we came to the end of the line, I still wanted to continue throwing, dancing and smiling!

Everyone in the Arklatex is so lucky to live in a community that has embraced Mardi Gras culture and celebrations. I feel everywhere else I've ever lived is missing out and know I'm blessed to now be able to participate in this awesome tradition year after year!

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FEBRUARY 10, 2014: I had soooooo much fun at the Krewe of Centaur Bal! I could probably add a few more o's for Oh My Goodness, I Love Mardi Gras!

I had no idea what to expect at a Mardi Gras bal. I figured it would probably be like any other event I'd been to in the past, with a Mardi Gras theme. I was wrong. It was like no other bash I'd ever attended.

The gumbo was delicious. I shouted, "Throw me somethin' Mister!" for the first time. I now have a pretty nice collection of colorful beads! The company was great. I got a chance to party with my co-workers from KTBS and meet many of our wonderful viewers! Thanks so much if you came up to say hi! 

Before the event, a few people tried to explain the "tableau" to me, but I didn't get it. It's one of those things you just have to experience! It's basically an in-door parade. Any event where people throw candy and costume jewelry at me is a winner in my book! And boy, would I love to get my hands on one of those feather headdresses! 

My first Mardi Gras event was a total success! I'm so happy to be able to participate in such an amazing tradition. I can't wait to laissez les bon temps rouler all the way through this incredible season.

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FEBRUARY 5, 2014: Growing up in Pennsylvania, I had a stereotypical idea of Mardi Gras. I imagined a wild few days, down in New Orleans. I never knew the word crew had another spelling. My tongue never savored an iced King Cake. A greeting of "laissez les bon temps rouler" would have made me say, "huh?!"

When I moved to the Arklatex, I was surprised to find out that Mardi Gras lasts an entire season and is rooted in the Christian religion. Covering the different parades and bals for KTBS, I quickly got a picture of what a real Mardi Gras entails.

Recently, Rick Rowe returned from a story and practically dropped an entire King Cake in my lap. "You gotta try it, girl!" he said. It was rich, sugary and delicious! With one bite, I felt like part of the Krewe.

I can get behind any culture that embraces parades, parties and pastries! I'm so excited to experience it for the first time with you! I'll be blogging about My First Mardi Gras from time to time this season. I hope you'll follow my journey!

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