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Melrose Plantation Along the Cane River between Alexandria and Natchitoches, Louisiana. (photo credit, Ben Pierce) This is the home of my ancestors. If you ever find yourself here, go on a tour. It's quite captivating!

'84 EXPO...'84 World's Fair in New Orleans. We went with friends and had the best time!

Rex (founded 1872) is a New Orleans Carnival Krewe which stages one of the city's most celebrated parades on Mardi Gras Day. Rex is Latin for "King", and Rex reigns as "The King of Carnival".

I love everything about Louisiana and hope to live there someday. I love this place so much that I hope to eventually finish my degree in History with an actual concentration in Louisiana history. Nothing more beautiful than this great state!

The cupola on top of the Hibernia Bank Building in New Orleans - Mardi Gras colors for carnival season

Nearby Mobile, Ala. is recognized for the first-known American Mardi Gras celebration in 1703 (even before New Orleans) that now lasts more than 2 1/2 weeks.

It's Krewe of Orpheus co-founder and New Orleans-native Harry Connick Jr. preparing to board his float.

Laissez les bon temps rouler... Happy Fat Tuesday, Y'all! Also known as Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday, we celebrate this day before Ash Wednesday and Lent with gluttonous amounts of rich fatty food & drink. And if you're NOT one of the lucky millions in NOLA, spend the whole day vowing to be there next year! (Did You Know? Bourbon street store owners coat poles with vaseline to keep wild & rowdy revelers from climbing them?!)