About - All About Mardi Gras
This site began as a brainstorm in the mind of Glenn Kaufmann, a freelance travel writer and photographer.
In February of 2009 I was lucky enough to attend the Mardi Gras festivities in Houma, Louisiana. In Houma I not only had a terrific time, but more importantly I learned of Mardi Gras’ importance in nurturing a sense of purpose and meaning in the community.
I was touched to hear how much it meant for the locals to persist in the face of adversity and celebrate Mardi Gras just a few months after Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav struck the Gulf Coast (in 2005 and 2008 respectively). For locals, these celebrations were not just a party, but were vital weapons in the battle to regain a sense of “back to normal”, and a belief that life would go on.
On the flight home from Mardi Gras in 2009 I realized that over the years I’d written a number of informational articles about Mardi Gras in various cities. Those articles, in combination with my growing curiosity about Mardi Gras’ community significance and the different roles it plays in people’s lives, led to the development of what you find here today.
A task this big cannot be accomplished as a solo act. I am indebted to friends and family for support of any and every sort, including (but not limited to)programming, design, food, encouragement, and honest feedback.
But, ultimately, the final product is my responsibility. If you don’t like something, or want more of something else, please let me know. If I’ve gotten something wrong, or you even think I might have, please let me know and I’ll check it out.
Most of all, I hope you’ll enjoy the site, and that it will inspire you to step out, travel somewhere new, and enjoy Mardi Gras in the community of your choice.
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All About Mardi Gras, Editor/Publisher