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Final Play: Fred Hickman's final word

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    This is my first Mardi Gras season in New Orleans, and I absolutely love it, everything about it.  But, last night was something very special.  I was part of our live coverage of the 46th rolling of the Endymion parade and the extravaganza which followed at the Superdome.

          I was fortunate enough to be stationed on the floor...as close to the magnificent floats as you are to your televisions right now...even closer to all the wonderful people.

          Fifteen-thousand men and women wearing tuxes and tails and lavish evening gowns.  The veteran campaigners were wearing running shoes.  The bands were tremendous; it seemed as though the wise guys played for two hours straight.

          Tables full of food and adult beverages all brought from home...nary a concession stand.  Plus, the throws all were magnificent...many unique.  everything from Endymion amulets to ladies undergarments.  For the record, I checked...those were *indeed* legit throw items and not *pre-owned*, if you will..  I left with a bag full of momentos and memories.

          Complete strangers offering food and drink.  But, then again, nobody is a stranger during Mardi Gras.  At least, they shouldn't be.

          This is a time to enjoy our many blessings and, one another.  As I headed home on a still, foggy Saturday night, I caught myself smiling and realizing how greatful and glad I am to call this wonderful city, warts and all, home.

          Yes, this is my first Mardi Gras season in New Orleans, but God willing, it is far from my last.

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