Apart from religion, one of the themes of Mardi Gras is a reversal of the social order. Behind the anonymity of masks, the lower classes could tweak the wealthier, agrarian class without lasting consequence. More than a festival, Mardi Gras historically was a way to relieve social tension.
So what does this have to do with Aikido?
Come to the Wednesday and Thursday evening classes to find out.
And bring your beads.