Laissez Le Bon Temps Roulet! Happy Mardi Gras! I'm sad to report that I am not in New Orleans this morning, but neither do I currently have a hangover. It's been a while since I've been able to make it to Mardi Gras in NOLA, or even to a parade on my beloved Mississippi Gulf Coast for that matter, but that doesn't mean I'm not going to celebrate. Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday -- the day to blow it all out before we hunker down for lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday. So, grab a piece of king cake, don some beads, pour yourself a stiff one, and let's do this. Here's a collection of Mardi Gras songs to put you in the mood. Can't you just taste the Dixie beer and crawfish étouffée?
MP3: Professor Longhair - "Mardi Gras in New Orleans" (Thanks to Home of the Groove)
MP3: Fat Stewsday - "Mardi Gras Mambo"
MP3: Huey & Curley - "At The Mardi Gras" (Thanks to Home of the Groove)
MP3: Joe Lutcher & His Orchestra - "Mardi Gras" (Thanks to Home of the Groove)
MP3: Magnificent 7ths Brass Band - "We Danced At The Mardi Gras"
MP3: New Orleans Own Dukes of Dixieland - "All On A Mardi Gras Day"
MP3: The Meters - "They All Asked For You" (Live at the Bottom Line, NYC, 1977) (Thanks to Aquarium Drunkard)
MP3: Preservation Hall Jazz Band - "When The Saints Go Marching In"