Here in Wisconsin, not much is celebrated apart from a few restaurants and / or bars that will have something special for Mardi Gras. Back home in Portugal everyone has been celebrating it since the weekend, with parties all over the place, parades and lots of food, drinks and dancing.
Also even though far from the other side of the pond my parents are celebrating their 50th anniversary and on the East Coast my Mother-in-Law's birthday. A day filled with joy I am sure yet wished so much I could be celebrating it with them.
So apart from our normal work / school / after school activities day I will be making a new recipe for Gumbo . A few years ago and after reading MANY Gumbo recipes I came up with my own version which was a success as I served it for Superbowl party as I was rooting for the Saints to win.