I have been looking at the snOHMYDOG! pictures of my mid-Atlantic furrends. My dog cousins Phoebe and Carrie in the mythical land of New Jersey are enjoying their fluffy white stuff, and I admit I am a little jealous.
But down here in the land of Mobile, Babablama, Mardi Paws is in full swing. (Technically, it's Carnival season, but around here the whole season, not just Fat Tuesday, is referred to as Mardi Paws.) Many of you probably associate Mardi Paws with New Orleans, but in fact Mobile has been celebrating Mardi Paws since 1703. If you are interested in learning more about Mardi Paws in Mobile, there is an interesting documentary called The Order of Myths.
During this time of year there are lots of parades and balls. (Mom says that the balls are actually big parties, not balls that you can chase.) The day of Mardi Paws itself, lots of people (even my mom) have the day off work. Mom, who is not from here, has always called that day Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day, and has celebrated by going to eat pancakes at church, but since she moved here she has had to make her own pancakes at home before going downtown to the parades.
This year is extra special because those New Orleans SAINTS are in the SUPER BOWL during MARDI PAWS! The Saints are the closest NFL team to Mobile, and there are a lot of people from New Orleans who now live in Mobile (especially after Katrina), so all around town you can see the fleur de lis and signs that say GEAUX SAINTS or WHO DAT? Woohoo GEAUX SAINTS!
So we don't have any fluffy white stuff that falls from the skies, but you do have to watch out for falling "throws" - beads, cups, coins, stuffed animals, candy, and Moon Pies!