In Louisiana: a Mad, Mad Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday, the commencement of Lent, which means 40 days of penitence, blurred bibulously by last week in preponderantly Roman Catholic Louisiana, where the excesses were so fulsome, the wassail so all embracing, that the effect upon a paragrapher who participated was the loss of the ability to construct a straight sentence, or so it feels.

One more time: the story is told that a Cajun was brought to trial for slaughtering 100 egrets, the snow-white fowl that are protected under Louisiana law. The judge, dumb struck by the senselessness of it all,...

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