Tonight, I rode my bike down St. Charles Ave. on the way home. Mardi Gras is clearly in full swing. There was a parade tonight and, on the opposite side of the neutral ground (the area where the streetcars run inbetween the up- and down-river traffic flow), there were crowds of people lined up to watch the parade. I had a lot of fun passing slow-moving cars and barely missing people before I reached Napoleon Ave. where the parade began. Miles of people — that’s how you know it’s Mardi Gras. That, and police on every street corner of St. Charles.