Typically, on Mardi Gras, I post a bunch of Cajun and Creole music, being a firm believer in the attitude laissez les Bon temps rouler . This Mardi Gras, I just want to note that the holiday is a perfect occasion to celebrate the strain of multiculturalism that has characterized this nation since its inception. The culture of New Orleans is a melange of French, African, Spanish, Native American, Anglo-American, and Italian influences. This admixture of various cultures has resulted in a vibrant culture that has not only thrived, but holds a considerable appeal for open-minded outsiders. This year, vive la Resistance is an appropriate counterpoint to laissez les Bon Temps rouler. America is a better and more interesting place because we are a glorious patchwork of cultures.
Excuse me now, I'm going out for some Bon Temps, mes Amis. Bon soir