Good article, IMHO, and it got a nod from Planderella too.
10 Reasons Mardi Gras Makes You A Better Person
9) You Become an Expert at Accessorizing
The fashion police would have a field day during Mardi Gras. The outfits are sequined, gaudy, outlandish and totally acceptable on the streets. We New Orleanians do not just break the rules of fashion during Mardi Gras, we smash it into tiny pieces and toss it down the sewer. It is the only time of the year purple, green and gold is acceptable to wear as a color combination. Sort of like that no white after Labor Day code.
10) Becoming a Craftier Person.
Martha Stewart stand back, you have not seen a New Orleanian during Mardi Gras work their magic. I never picked up a glue gun before I was in a carnival krewe, now I am attaching sequins to outfits and working with wirework, paper mache and painting like a back water Cajun Monet. And it is not just costumes, the people here come up with new devices to catch beads like the bucket on a stick or my personal favorite the upside down umbrella connected to a mop handle. And some of the ladders people rig up to hold their children make me sometimes cringe at their ingenuity and pray they have a good insurance provider.