|Mardi Gras flag seen from my studio window|
Every Mardi Gras since I left New Orleans I try to remember to hang my Mardi Gras flag to commemorate the day. Seeing such an odd and colorful flag suddenly appearing amid the bleak Santa Fe winter is a bit jarring and totally out of place but I like to put it up for the day nonetheless. I'm sure most people here have no idea what it represents but occasionally someone gets it and it always puts a smile on their face.
Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) is but one day of Carnival which has been going on in New Orleans since early January. When you live there you quickly gain an appreciation for the importance of Carnival season to the residents of New Orleans. This season culminates on Mardi Gras with an extraordinary celebration of life. It's a bit naughty, a bit spiritual and a whole lot of fun. I miss it (and New Orleans) at times but for today, this goofy flag will have to be my connection to that place.