"Everybody here knows when everything happens for Mardi Gras," said a friend at last nights Super Bowl party, you don't need to write a post about it, everyone knows the schedule he assured me.

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It was only a few minutes later a lady approached me while making eye-contact. I didn't know her and as she walked up I tried to look another way, then quickly back to see if she was still looking at me, yes... our eyes locked.

When she was a step away she grabbed me by the left ear, not the whole ear, just the little dangly part that the rest of you must follow when it is pulled on.

I bent over to where my stretchy left ear was within millimeters from her mouth as she begged: "will you please publish this week's Mardi Gras schedule around here? I don't want to miss out on any beads." Her hot gin-soaked breath struck a ticklish beat on my external auditory canal.

Glancing down at her ample cleavage heaving heavily next to the bar, I knew what I must do - print the Mardi Gras schedule so this poor woman won't miss a single possible moment of chasing down another deserved string of flying plastic beads.

This Week in Mardi Gras for SWLA

City of Sulphur Mardi Gras Parade - Thursday, Feb 8th, rescheduled from Feb 3rd due to rain

Lighted Boat Parade - Thursday, Feb 8th Civic Center 7 PM

Merchants Parade - Friday, Feb 9th, downtown Lake Charles 7 PM

The World Famous Cajun Extravaganza Gumbo Cook-Off - Saturday 8 AM - 1 PM Feb 10. Admission $5 Kids 5 and under FREE

Krewe of Omega Parade - Feb 10th, Saturday downtown 2 PM

Mystical Krewe of Barkus Parade - Feb 10th, Saturday 3 PM Civic Center

Zydeco Dance - Saturday, Feb 10th, Civic Center Admission Free

Krewe of Illusions - Feb 10th, Saturday 7:30 PM - Tickets $40 Orchestra, $18 Balcony Reserved

Taste de la Louisiane - Sunday, Feb 11th, 11 AM - 1 PM, Civic Center $10 Admission

Children's Day - Sunday, Feb 11th - Noon - 330 PM Civic Center - Children's Parade at 3:30 PM

Mardi Gras Madness 5K - Sunday, Feb 11th, downtown 2:30 PM

Check back in a week for next Monday and Fat Tuesday's schedule of events