For anyone who wants Mardi Gras light, come to St. Louis. We have the second biggest Mardi Gras celebration in the country in my next-door neighborhood because itís a French neighborhood. We are a French city, French founders anyway. Then the Germans took over. No Mardi Gras for them!

But come in non-covered times, and itís best to choose a week where there will not be terribly cold weather and snow like we had this past week.