In New Orleans, people celebrate it like this:
Here are my parents on the right, my in-laws on the left, my little sweet potatos in the front, and my usually lovely husband in the middle with the "Puss in Boots" costume on.
Hey Mardi Gras! Throw me somethin'!
Last week, during our snow days, my daughter and I celebrated it like this:
You take a little Corriedale roving and some acid dye.
Spray some vinegar on it.
Cook it up nice and hot (it's the plastic wrap that's pink:)
Rinse it out the next day. (The girlie insisted on taking this one, and she was right - it is a good shot!) Let it dry all over your bathroom.
And you get "Mardi Gras Mambo". Aw, cher, 'dat wool look good enough to eat! Laissez le bon temps roulez!