It's Fat Tuesday, and while the Rogue Valley isn't exactly Mardi Gras central, there's still opportunity for appropriate excess out there.

You can find complete calendar listings for the day at www.mailtribune.com/calendar, nightlife listings at http://www.mailtribune.com/static/news/tempoPDF/nitelife.pdf and recent restaurant reviews at www.mailtribune.com/restaurantreviews.

In New Orleans, meanwhile, they take their Mardi Gras seriously. To watch police mounted units train for the noise and action of the celebration, see this Associated Press audio slideshow.