TODAY–March 4th–IS FAT TUESDAY!

Happy Mardi Gras!

 

Today is Fat Tuesday, the last day of Mardi Gras in New Orleans or carnival as it is known to the locals. As a college student at Tulane and later freelance writer in New Orleans I went through seven Mardi Gras. Each one was a blast. It wouldn’t be much fun now. I rarely drink and don’t like large crowds but when you are 18 through 25 nothing is as fun as Mardi Gras.

Here are some photographs of your servant at Mardi Gras in New Orleans in the 1970s. Lots of good memories. Hard to believe I’m close to 60 years old now.

 

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author Charles McCain, Mardi Gras New Orleans, late 1970s. I’ve already caught some beads which I am wearing around my neck. It must have been cold since I am wearing a heavy wool shirt, probably the warmest thing I owned in those days.

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author Charles McCain, Mardi Gras, New Orleans, mid 1970s. I am wearing the kilt of the the clan MacDonald of Donald which is the Scot’s part of my heritage.

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author Charles McCain, Mardi Gras, New Orleans, late 1970s. Dressing up in costume and painting your face was something lots of people did. I am obviously trying to catch beads and doubloons which are thrown from the floats. I smoked cigars in those days.

 

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Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/