When I was writing “Mardi Gras” with my songwriting partner, Mark Carson, I said there are three things I love about Mardi Gras. 1) Catching the parades. 2) Watching Big Chief Monk Boudreaux show his feathers and colors on Mardi Gras day. 3) Parading with the Society of St. Anne, from Bywater through the Quarter, releasing the ashes of friends who died on wreaths into the Mississippi River. It’s tough to do it all in one day, but it’s easy to enjoy in one song.