Mardi Gras, Lent and then politics

One of the highlights of the year is now upon us in southeastern Louisiana, a time to put down our cares and join in the revelry of Mardi Gras.

It will be right in front of us in St. Charles Parish Saturday and Sunday when our local parades take to the streets of Luling and Des Allemands.

And, of course, it will go on until Mardi Gras Day arrives Tuesday to cities throughout coastal Louisiana and especially the big city of Carnival in the U. S. – New Orleans – and surrounding suburbs that regularly join in the festivities. We suspect many of our citizens will go there to enjoy a fabulous time in the celebration of joy and liveliness on the last days before Lent.

But, here in St. Charles Parish, we have two lively crews that put on a show that makes the coming weekend one to remember.  Here, we can wave and catch some beads from our friends and relatives who live around the block from us.

It’s a joyous occasion once a year before the solemnity of Lent takes over as we become more serious in our contemplations of love and compassion and respect we all enjoy in Southeast Louisiana. It presents to us a contrast in ways we can live happily – with fun and festivities, followed by a period of contemplation and serious appreciation of all we have.

And, as we come to the end of our fun-filled festivities and then the seriousness of Lent, there is something else which lies ahead. It is a presidential election year, which will require us to make some serious decisions that could have a big effect on our futures.

We have never experienced such a heated race between politicians.

And it will go on for some time … almost to the end of the year.

So, as we look at what is coming up – joyful Mardi Gras, penitential Lent and heated politics – we have decided that 2016 will be one of the liveliest years of our lives. If we make it through the year and leave good marks, we will be a successful society of people.

There is no reason why we should not make it through the rest of the year in good spirits if we can calm down the politicians after a lively Mardi Gras and penitential Lent have made our lives enjoyable. And we have gotten them to campaign in a responsible fashion.

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