Video: Mardi Gras Louisiana Culture and Missing Home
This Mardi Gras and many Mardi Gras past have been a distant celebration for me. I have been gone from Louisiana for a few years now, and I miss it more today than I ever have.
The culture in Louisiana is rich with traditions passed down for centuries from one generation to the next. The authenticity of recipes, music, festivals, and celebrations have not changed in all this time. You can even go to smaller towns on the out skirts of New Orleans were many still speak French and Creole. (Like my little town)
For a long time our little neck of the woods was unknown to many. Mardi Gras was not celebrated in other parts of the country or the world, but today it has spread like wildflowers. I have seen many people posting their own version of what they perceive Mardi Gras to be and it’s wonderful to see others celebrating our culture.
I have traveled many places with my Husband, who is Active military, and I have found that there is no place like home. As a young teenager, eager to see the world, I could not wait to get away from Louisiana and see other places. I was so ready to get away from “Bayou Country” and spread my wings.
In my travels I have been to many places and seen many other cultures and I am so grateful for the experience, but there is no place like home! The food, the people, the music, and the traditions, are so far from what’s going on in other places in the United States that it’s like being in a foreign country in comparison.
“Laissez le bon temps rouler”
Photo and video credit: Nathaniel Mitchell Sr.