Thursday, February 14, 2008

Mardi Gras: Time to costume!

During Mardi Gras season, the whole town dresses in costume. Sometimes, the costumes are not easy to make out, but they are always fun. In a segment on WWOZ-FM, Eve Abrams explains the phenomenon.

"When I came down here, I found out that there was a huge costume culture," Monique Leone said.

"You weren't the oddball if you were dressed up; you were the oddball if you didn't dress up."

"...It wasn't about changing who you were," she said. "You can be not you for the moment...It is adult playtime."

If there is a 12-Step Program to becoming a New Orleanian, another person said, it is: Step 1 - learning your limits; Step 2 - learning to dress up; Step 3 - learning to let loose and so on.

WWOZ is New Orleans' jazz and heritage station. You can listen online from anywhere in the country.

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