Today is Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday. I will probably be updating this post throughout the day as I find interesting things pertaining to the day or its celebration.
Crystal Dupre of the Meridian Star has an interesting overview of the history of Mardi Gras.
The Sun Herald has an entire section devoted to the day. If you don't believe Mardi Gras is a big deal on the Gulf Coast, just check out this list of closings.
You can catch the complete parade lineup for New Orleans over at Nola.com and even watch streaming video of the parades beginning at 10 a.m. Full coverage is offered at the site as well.
The Mobile Press-Register also offers quite a bit of coverage from that area.