Two years ago I had the chance to experience Mardi Gras for the first time (and New Year's Eve I got to ride on my first Mardi Gras float).
There's no better tour guide to Alabama's festivities (and the intricacies of Moon Pies) than to see them with my friend Steve Joynt. We used to sit across from one another at the Birmingham Post-Herald (about a zillion years ago).
"Joynt," as his friends call him, has always had a creative side. I remember long conversations at the newspaper during which we discussed his dreams of a wrapping paper room (that man can wrap).
During his day job, he works as an editor at The Mobile Press Register, and he's also a published author.
When not wielding the mighty red pen, Joynt makes these beautiful creations that celebrate the spirit of Mardi Gras. Every so often, he and his lovely wife Nancy (a talented creative in her own right) make the trip to New Orleans, where he sells his art on Jackson Square.
Check out the video from Mobile's NBC Station (Local 15), and look for him on the parade routes. He'll be the one catching the best beads ...