If you were not lucky enough to make it to New Orleans for Mardi Gras here are some interesting facts about this celebration

Over 750,000 people are expected to party in New Orleans today for Mardi Gras. An NBC poll reveals that 50% of Americans celebrate Mardi Gras, while 70% would consider signing a petition to make Mardi Gras a national holiday. According to a study done by the University of New Orleans, Mardi Gras celebrations generate $840 million annually. New Orleans alone makes $144 million from their Mardi Gras celebrations. 400 floats are expected to parade through New Orleans today.

And since Big Jim want's to talk about 'Mashed Potatoes' all morning here's another interesting fact: According to yourtango, 42% of men expect to have sex with somebody they meet at a Mardi Gras party.

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