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Mardi Gras 2009 – Now on Twitter!

Mardi Gras 2009Happy Mardi Gras!

If you've ever experienced the sheer joy of New Orleans' famous Fat Tuesday celebration, then you know how the magic transforms the crowded city into one festive frolic - from the family-picnic studded merrymakers Uptown, to the bacchanal, down-right raunchy revelry on Bourbon Street.

As a former New Orleanian, I find myself shifting between sentimental, sad, and thrilled on this day, as I simultaneously feel regret for not being there, and joy for my friends who are living it up, doing me proud before the sobering austerity of Ash Wednesday and Lent descend on the Big Easy at the stroke of midnight.

Today, as I was looking for news and web cams from which to catch a vicarious glimpse of the epic soiree, I found that the Times Picayune has enlisted a troupe of revelers to live-tweet the festivities!

If you don't yet know about Twitter, you'll probably learn about it soon. It's a way to live-broadcast what your doing to your friends and to interested strangers, complemented with links and pictures. The act of micro-blogging (publishing short status updates on the web) has quickly gained momentum among Internet users. Twitter has emerged as the medium of choice for this new way to communicate and interact via the world wide web. Everything from conferences to the Oscars is subject to the voyeuristic treatment of this social networking tool. And now Mardi Gras!

As a regrettably absent Mardi Gras loyalist, this new development makes me very happy. It gives me yet another way to enjoy the annual fete, even from hundreds of miles away.

So if you know what it means to miss New Orleans, tap into the Mardi Gras vibe via your Twitter account, and get a little dose of Le Bon Temp Roulez before the day is done!

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  1. I did Mardi Gras in 93 and I can remember it like it was yesterday. What an amazing party. I must have eaten 200 crayfish that day. I won’t talk about the other things I did. What impressed me most was how clean the streets were the next day. It was almost as if it never happened.

    Posted by: Clayton | February 24, 2009
  2. Yeah, Mardi Gras is OVER at midnight. The people in charge of shutting it off are NOT messing around! The street cleaners take over the city at the stroke of midnight and everyone goes home!!! Bar keepers included.

    Posted by: Rebecca | February 24, 2009
  3. Come on Clay, we want the sordid details!

    Posted by: Leftover Change | February 25, 2009
  4. I’d tell you if I could remember (or wanted to).

    Posted by: Clayton | February 25, 2009

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