Today is Mardi Gras! I find it to be such a random, but happy holiday. It's been ages since I actually celebrated it in anyway (we always did something in French class in high school), but I still have beads somewhere in my house and I still love looking at pictures of the insanity taking place in New Orleans!
I really need/want to go to New Orleans, not necessarily for Mardi Gras (a friend of mine went to school there and said that the city is horrifying during the 2 week celebration, particularly if you are not a party animal), but because I feel like it is a place I need to see. I'm really big on cities with history and character, which is why I adore Boston and New York so much (I find DC sadly lacking in this respect). New Orleans (and a few other southern cities I can think of, like Charleston, SC), however, have that character and history. Must visit.