NPR Morning Edition actually featured the Mardi Gras celebrations in Mobile, and describes exactly the two days of tradition, merrymaking, and slight debauchery that I enjoyed. It was a colorful, slightly mysterious, and definitely a bit bizarre experience, and I would absolutely do it again. Though I would work on my hand-eye coordination next time. Far too many Moon Pie's flew right by my outstretched hands.
I wish I had my camera with me for more of the weekend, but it didn't seem a wise decision. Luckily, I was able to capture a few pictures at one of the smaller day parades.
Also, I did Rent the Runway for the first time EVER for a ball on Saturday night and thrilled with the dress I rented. I waited too long and pickings were slim, but this dress was absolutely perfect for the occasion and fit like a glove. I'm not sure I would do Rent the Runway for a normal wedding or cocktail party, but it's the right choice when you need an actual gown that you'll likely never wear again.