It’s carnival time in Louisiana. The kids are out of school all week and many of us have a holiday from work. Mardi Gras is not just a New Orleans celebration. It is celebrated all over South Louisiana and in other cities such as Mobile, AL. In Southwestern Louisiana it is completely different from the New Orleans parades and beads. The men dress up in costumes and raise money from donations to make gumbo. They typically release a chicken and chase it until they catch it. I presume the chicken is one of the ingredients of the gumbo. Lots of fun before the first day of Lent (tomorrow).