Do Louisianians want to share the collective debauchery that is Mardi Gras with the rest of the nation? According to the Times Picayune, Zatarain’s, the New Orleans company famous for fish-fry, creole mustard and crab boil seasoning, has launched a petition to create a federal holiday devoted to merriment and misrule. To sign up, here’s the link to the online petition. Currently, the petition is at 1 percent of its 100,000 signature goal, which Zatarain’s president, Scott Bolonda, hopes to reach by Fat Tuesday, Feb. 24 this year. Can Yankees or Mid-westerners handle our outrageous celebration? Perhaps a bit of self deprecating humor and a good dose of satire might make everyone feel better this year.

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