The Carnival season in New Orleans kicked off two weeks ago, and the parades will start rolling Jan. 27, all of this leading up to Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, on Feb. 13.

Revelers can always use another drink, and the NOLA area can always use another parade, even though there are already eight scheduled for Fat Tuesday.

How about a ninth? I propose the Krewe of Marcus Gras in honor of Saints rookie Marcus Williams.

Saints fans are showing their support for Williams with billboards and road signs after the talented safety missed a game-saving tackle in the Minnesota Vikings’ stunning playoff victory against New Orleans on Sunday in Minneapolis.

The Krewe of Marcus Gras would be a spirited way to celebrate the Saints’ season. Williams would be the king, and he could pitch throws to the crowd from his throne on the lead float.

Williams heard from a lot of haters through social media after the game, and let’s invite some of them to the parade for a bead-catching competition in which they would be challenged to come up with an interception or a tackle against intoxicated Saints fans still venting their frustrations over the Minneapolis Miracle.

It would be a soul-crushing and perhaps dangerous task. Imagine a hater, such as ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, fighting young and hyped-up Who Dats for a precious bead from Williams.

Fans would do all the catching and run 60 yards untouched down St. Charles Avenue. Stephen A. would be a crying mess after failing to stop them, and some of the words he used to bash Williams would come back to taunt him.

Williams’ fan club would mock Stephen A. as he falls on the sidewalk and knocks down one or two other haters.

“Missing that bead from Marcus may be the absolute WORST MISTAKE I’ve ever seen in Mardi Gras history,” the fans would yell. “If it’s not THE worst, it’s certainly up there. All the man had to do is make a grab. Horrible, horrible.”

Let the good times troll.

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John E. Bialas
John, 67, is retired from the Pulitzer Prize-winning Sun Herald newspaper in Gulfport, Miss., after a 45-year career there in which he was a sportswriter, weekend sports editor, book reviewer, rock music critic, copy editor, blogger, Facebook administrator and award-winning headline writer and page designer. He lives in Gulfport with his wife, Patricia, and writes the blog Pictures of Tilly which you can find at