Kings & Queens || Mardi Gras 2015

'The origins of Mardi Gras can be traced to medieval Europe, passing through Rome and Venice in the 17th and 18th centuries to the French House of the Bourbans.' This rich history comes alive every year as people celebrate this legal Carnival holiday throughout Alabama, Mississippi, and New Orleans, Louisiana. Although exclusive, mystic societies still exist with their formal masked balls and elegant costumes, the festival has transformed over the years to include public parades where members of the societies are positioned on floats and horseback tossing gifts out to those with their hands up. Being a first timer at this year's Mardi Gras celebration, I would have to agree 100% with the New Orleanians who like to call it the "Greatest Free Show on Earth!"