I prefer to stay away from the crowds, noise, cigarette smoke, and so on. I'd rather be out on my bike, enjoying some fresh air and getting more exercise than I possibly could by standing around waiting for a parade to come past.
Weather can easily be a problem, too. Today it's expected to warm up to about 84 degrees, and by mid-afternoon the wind will be about 18 mph! That isn't such good news for those high-profile floats.
It isn't expected to rain, which helps. Sometimes Mardi Gras is both cold and rainy, a miserable combination when you're not active (or even when you are getting exercise). Today it's mostly overcast, but overcast or sunny, Mardi Gras revelers need to remember the sunblock.
So I enjoyed my bicycle ride this morning, and now I can enjoy some reading, listening to good music, and some goodies to munch on. That's my idea of a good time.