Unpopular Opinion: I Don’t Like Mardi Gras

In South Louisiana, it is the most anticipated season besides crawfish season. It’s Mardi Gras time, everywhere you look it’s purple, green, and gold and the great king cake debate is in full swing. For some, it is the best time of the year. And then there is me … I am going to share something with y’all. Hold on to your pearls because it’s a biggie. I do not like Mardi Gras. There I said it!

Now before y’all try to banish me to North Louisiana, let me explain. I do participate in Mardi Gras activities such as balls and I eat king cake. I will even wear traditional colors. But that is about the extent of it.

My biggest reason is that I am simply over it. I was born and raised in New Orleans. As a child, we did Mardi Gras every year. I was that little girl on my daddy’s neck while he hustled a coconut at the Zulu parade. In high school, I marched in the parades. In college, I brought college friends home so they could experience Mardi Gras. I have experienced Mardi Gras in Acadiana as well. At this point in my life, it is no longer exciting or enjoyable.

I am an introverted person; I am uncomfortable in large crowds. I really do not like the drunk (or sober) Mardi Gras crowd. I have seen many people use the Mardi Gras break as an opportunity to take a vacation. This is a brilliant idea! This is the perfect time to book the cruise or any other trip. You beat the spring break and summer vacation crowd. in the upcoming years, my family will take advantage of this time.

I know many of you are probably wondering how my kids feel about this. They honestly don’t care. They have been to parades before, and they were unimpressed. If they enjoyed it, I would grin and bear it and participate for their sake. I am sure as they get older, they will want to participate, and we will. But in the meantime, I promise you, they are not being deprived of this tradition.

On Fat Tuesday I will be in the comfort of my home spending quality time with my family. I look forward to all of the pictures and videos you will post. It will be like I was there while relaxing in my recliner.  Be safe, have fun and ‘Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!’

Torilyn Williams is a Louisiana native, born and raised in New Orleans. She moved to Lafayette to attend UL Lafayette, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Applied Life Sciences. Tori is blessed to be the wife of her ambitious and hardworking husband, Damian. The devoted mom of Tatum Marie (6) and Aubrey Malia (5) and bonus mom to Damian Jr. (20). Tori has been working in the banking industry for over fifteen years. She is a member of Junior League Lafayette. Tori has a heart for volunteerism, she loves to give back to the community and mentor the youth. Tori is a die-hard New Orleans Saints fan. She is also a self-proclaimed foodie that loves to chronicle her food adventures on Instagram (@Dashofwilliams). Outside of work you can find Tori spending time with family and friends, traveling, trying new recipes, and working out. Tori is always down for a good meal with family or a shopping trip!

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