As a person who has experienced the residents' side of Mardi Gras, I have so much to say, so much to share with you about how it is here. Yet, with a parade looming, I have little time to type anything of substance. Happiness floats from person to person here. Parties are abundant. Friends pop up in all places. A bunch of college boys carried our ladders home last night as I corralled three tired children down the street. That's the spirit of Mardi Gras. Not women flashing for beads or people falling down drunk the Quarter. It is a community sharing the revelry and helping when needed.