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!