I can't even count the number of Mardi Gras parades I saw in the 41 years I lived in the New Orleans area. At all those parades I saw amazing sights, both in the parade, and in the crowd. Still, I don't think I ever saw an Uncle Sam wearing polka dot cowboy boots, and driving a garden tractor with chrome wheels. No, I had to move to Canton, NC to see that! Small town America - I love it!