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Mardi Gras, Valentine’s Day,
and the Biggest PT Meeting of The Year
This time of year in Louisiana, Mardi Gras takes center stage. From the balls and parades right here in central Louisiana to the raucous festivities in New Orleans and Lafayette to the Courir de Mardi Gras in Eunice and Mamou, it’s a statewide celebration. Go out on the town this month and you’re sure to see some signs of the events. Here in central Louisiana, there are a lot of Mardi Gras activities, including multiple krewe balls, the night parade in Pineville, the Taste of Mardi Gras, the Classic Cars Parade, and the Children’s Parade, all culminating on Feb. 11 with the Alexandria Krewe Parade. You can check out the Alexandria Mardi Gras Association website for a full list of events. If you haven’t experienced Courir de Mardi Gras, it’s worth learning more about this unique event. Head to the Historic Liberty Theatre in Eunice on the Saturday before Mardi Gras and you’ll get a history lesson and be treated to the best Cajun food — boudin, cracklins, and everything you love about Cajun Creole. All weeklong, Eunice puts on festivities, with food and music at the center of it all. There’s nothing quite like watching the participants of the Courir Mardi Gras wind their way through town, dressed in colorful masks and costumes, many on horseback, collecting ingredients for a giant pot of gumbo that they will enjoy later. Even beyond the legendary ceremonies of Mardi Gras, February is filled with events this year. Mardi Gras will be immediately followed by Valentine’s Day, which happens
to fall on Fat Tuesday this year. Later in the month is a meeting that is important for us physical therapists: the Combined Sections Meeting (CSM). This year, CSM takes place in New Orleans, and we’re excited to learn from thousands of other professionals and showcase the city to visitors. CSM brings in about 12,000 physical therapists from all over the country to connect, collaborate, and learn. It’s the largest event for PTs in the country, and it’s a great opportunity to learn from the best the physical therapy industry has to offer. It’s also a great time to network with PTs from all over the country. It’s not every day we get to share New Orleans’ famed hospitality, food, and fun with such a large audience. The American Physical Therapy Association is now 100,000 members strong. Sharon Dunn, one of Louisiana’s own PTs, is currently the president and will be presiding over CSM. We’re proud that a representative of our own state gets to fulfill this important role.
Typically, when we think about this month and Valentine’s Day, we think of our loved ones, but it’s also a good time to show your friends and family you care by making small gestures. You might give a handmade card to your spouse, offer to watch a friend’s children, or invite your family over for a home-cooked meal. It doesn’t have to cost a lot to be meaningful. Here at Elite PT, February will be a busy and fun month for us, and we hope you enjoy it, as well. Our patients are special to us, and we look forward to being here for you. We’re here to help.
Happy Mardi Gras, happy Valentine’s Day and have a great February!
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