Mardi Gras is a fascinating holiday. It's a form of holy hedonism that distills our moral complexity into a single day--eat, drink and be merry, because tomorrow you fast for the Lord. Given that, I guess it's fitting that controversies arise over whether the festival is appropriate, from fundamentalist sermons against pagan practices to human rights concerns over the work conditions in Chinese factories where plastic beads are made.
What then shall we do? To show that all are welcome here at the B of G, we offer a few Mardi Gras tokens that are workplace friendly in every sense of the phrase. Pictured here are nice vintage Mardi Gras beads, crafted in New Orleans from classic Czech glass. If you're interested in more about the beads check out this article from National Geographic, which provides a lot of information without revealing why the magazine has remained popular among schoolboys for more than a century.
Want to learn more? Wikepedia covers Mardi Gras across America, while the Times-Picayune has a nifty overview of the New Orleans MG celebration. Should you be planning to cut back for Lent, remember that the City still could use our tourist dollars--if you're strategic about your Lenten self-denial (e.g., no chocolate-covered ants or young Cabernet), it's still quite possible to go there and have a great time!