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Froma Harrop: Mardi Gras parties beat Oscars hands-down

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This year, two big dress-up events fall in the same week. But the Academy Awards and Mardi Gras couldn’t be more different. At the Hollywood party, the common people are supposed to venerate the stars. In Mardi Gras, the commoners are the stars. And that’s what makes Mardi Gras feel so much more modern than the bouncer-dominated world of movie celebrity. Never mind that “Fat Tuesday” — for many Christians the carnival preceding the somber ...

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March 5, 2014
1:10 a.m.

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As per friends, and relatives I know that live there, it was the worst Mardi Gras in decades.
The weather put a real damper on things, and many events were cancelled, or poorly attended.
All in all, I'd rather have a beer with Jennifer Lawrence after the Academy Awards, than hang out with a bunch of yahoos that believe the end to a perfect evening is passing out on the street in a pool of their own vomit.
I have attended 2 Fat Tuesdays in NOLA in a working capacity where I was being paid to be there.
To attend one voluntarily, on my own dime will never ever happen.
Once upon a time, it had meaning. Now it's just a way of separating people with drunken frat boy mentalities from their money.

March 5, 2014
9:21 p.m.

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Last time I was there (many moons ago), Halloween was a much better party.