This weekend is the first of the two big weekends of Mardi Gras and I couldn’t be more excited! I can’t wait to see what all the hype is about and to experience the parades that I’ve heard so much about. For the past several years, the Red Cross has assisted EMS by providing first aid stations at the parades. By handling the smaller injuries, we free up EMS to respond to major health threats and emergencies. This year, around 100 volunteers will work at nearly fifty stations over the course of the next two weekends. Coordinating an effort of this magnitude takes an incredible amount of work and time, and props go to those here that have worked tirelessly for countless hours to pull the first aid stations off without a hitch, especially Lisa (she’s one of the NPRC members, but you might not know that since she never blogs *cough cough*). Actually, the truth is that Lisa has been so busy lately working on the Mardi Gras stations that she hasn’t had time to blog. In fact, most of the time she doesn’t even have time to break for lunch. She has stayed late after work almost every day over the past week or so and has put in more than a handful of weekend hours as well. Her hard work has been and will continue to be key to the success of the Red Cross first aid stations and it is greatly appreciated! Awesome job, Lisa! Thank you for all that you do!