This Saturday is the celebration of Mardi Gras presented by the Creative Center. As many of you are aware several of us will be helping out as members of the Guild of St. Mort's. But I wanted to say to the rest that you should come and check things out. There will be things happening all day including the Kids Carnival and then in the evening a street dance. I attended the first Mardi Gras parade when this began several years ago and thought it was great, if a bit cold. I did not know what to expect and neither did many others. The next year it was much closer to a New Orleans Mardi Gras with a group from the Visalia Dance Studio marching down Main street with nothing much on but body paint, silk plants, and filmy fabric. One young man was painted green with a few well placed ivy leaves. Very few. Then suddenly the parade was during the day and the body paint was gone but the beads remained. I have a nice collection of Mardi Gras beads that I gather each year except last year because I could not find the parade. I believe that they have moved to the Creative Center. I'm not sure. Visalia Mardi Gras is a family and children's event so I guess the night parades and body painting is long gone. Which I do agree with if this is for children and families. But you guys should check out the event and with any luck it will be a little warmer then last week.