Dear Big Chief Peppy,

Happy Mardi Gras!

Will you be leading the Golden Eagles on that walk this morning? If you are, I bet your suit is the prettiest and you’ll be representing Uptown to the fullest.

We briefly met the night ReBirth Jazz Band blew the doors off the Granada here in Dallas. I was literally telling my friend at the show that seeing some Mardi Gras Indians on Fat Tuesday is on my bucket list and then we meet a real Big Chief a few hours later. I was really really excited (and pretty buzzed). I wish I were down there to watch the tradition this Mardi Gras morning. Instead, I at my desk binge eating King’s cake, hoping I choke on the baby and have an excuse to go home.

Have you ever heard of the Mummers Day Parade in Philadelphia? The Mummers’ tradition seems to parallel NOLA Indian tradition in a lot of ways. I need to experience both in person but I have to believe there’s a connection there.

I hope our path’s cross again. If I don’t see you on St. Joseph’s Day, maybe I’ll call you for a ride soon.

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