It is day 54 of my 365 Days of Living Deliberately blog, and I was able to not think about environmental degradation for awhile while I joined my cousins and their friends at two of the Mardi Gras parades, one Saturday evening, the other Sunday afternoon.  I had never been to a Mardi Gras celebration, so it was a lot of fun to see for myself what the celebrations are all about.  I was told that later in the week, during the main Mardi Gras celebration, the crowds would be really unbearable with no room to move.  I liked my less congested Mardi Gras parades.