Driving through New Orleans, it's clear that people are determined to celebrate Carnival as speed towards Fat Tuesday on February 28. The Carnival group getting the most attention this year is Krewe du Vieux, a descendent of a 1978 krewe, du Vieux is known for its biting social commentary.

Th King of Krewe du Vieux this year is none other than Walter Williams, the creator of "Mr. Bill" of Saturday Night Live fame. Everyone agrees that Williams was the perfect choice, especially given his long-time environmental advocacy in the city (see his excellent documentary, "New Orleans: The Natural History").

To give you a taste of Krewe du Vieux's take on things, here's a prominent sign one of their floats this year:

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Gotta love it. For a complete overview of this year's Carnival and Mardi Gras, Gambit Weekly's famous parade critic Rex Duke has a good run-down.