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Happy Mardi Gras, from the Rachel Maddow Sheaux

Thank you, Fess, and laissez les bon temps rouler!

Thank you, Fess, and laissez les bon temps rouler! After the jump, some links for one of our absolute favorite holidays, version 2012:

A quick history of Mardi Gras, Parade Cam, parade schedule, the Mardi Gras Indians, a history and some jaw-dropping photos.

The King and Queen of Zulu, Will Ferrell and the Krewe of Bacchus, what to wear, King Cakes, second line, masking, public nudity, Mardi Gras in Cajun country, Mardi Gras in Mobile, high school bands, HBO's Treme.

Me with a voodoo priestess before a Super Bowl, this week at Rock 'N Bowl, this week at Preservation Hall, some classic Mardi Gras cocktails, and a few wise quotations about this fabulous day My favorite?

"If no tourists came, we'd still have Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras is a state of mind."

Cheers, everybody, wherever you are!