Don your green and purple, pull out your beads and grab a piece of King Cake on the way: The countdown for 2011 Mardi Gras is on. Only 11 days, 8 hours and 4 minutes remain until Krewes, balls and mayhem take over the streets of New Orleans, beginning on March 8th.

Not able to make it to the Big Easy this year? No worries. Even the world’s oldest carnival has gone high tech, so now you can say, “Throw me something, mister!” from your home computer, laptop, or phone. Read on for the top social media tools to, as they say in New Orleans, “Laissez les bon temps rouler!”

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