Growing up with both of my parents who were born and bred in New Orleans, I can't not know about Mardi Gras. I'm sure it would be considered a sin or something if they did not 'raise me right' with the tradition of Mardi Gras.
Plus spending 2 year attending LSU, I have my own awesome Mardi Gras experiences! ;)
From my crazy crew to yours, Happy Mardi Gras!
Laissez le Bon Temps Rouler! (Let the good times roll!)