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Mardi Gras food as big a part of celebration as costumes and beads

February 15, 2012
By Mary Foster , The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - For hours before a parade of glittering floats rolls down stately St. Charles Avenue, Carnival watchers are hard at work. Ice chests filled with food and drink soon give way to fired-up grills in the Mardi Gras equivalent to the world's biggest tailgate party.

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