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A Mardi Gras! celebration in Galveston.My first Mardi Gras memory happened when I was just five years old. I went to Catholic school in Houston, and in 2006, when I was in kindergarten, I gained a new friend, who’d fled New Orleans with his family after Hurricane Katrina. To help Christian and all the other newcomers feel at home, our school organized a parade around the rose garden in front of the church. We crowded the street in our purple, gold, and green gear, eager to catch beads. A few years later, at age ten, I got to attend a Mardi Gras ball in Galveston with my parents. The floor-length tulle gowns and the live zydeco band were thrilling. I come from two of the biggest Catholic cultures—Italian and Mexican—and…

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