Can't make it to New Orleans on Fat Tuesday, Feb. 12 to join in the Mardi Gras 2013 festivities? I feel sorry, for you friend, for you and I both know you're missing out. Just to keep your envy at an all-time high however, we've decided to provide you the links to some Mardi Gras Earth cams, which will allow you to watch Mardi Gras 2013 through a live stream capturing all the best moments and scenes from Bourbon Street, St Charles Avenue, Cat's Meow Balcony and other favorite Mardi Gras hot spots in New Orleans.

Here is a quick schedule of the parades taking place today.

Feb. 12 Krewe of Zulu Uptown 8 a.m.

Feb. 12 Krewe of Rex Uptown 10 a.m.

Feb. 12 Krewe of Elks Orleans UptownFollows Rex

Feb. 12 Krewe of Crescent City UptownFollows Krewe of Elks Orleans

Feb. 12 Krewe of Argus Metairie 10 a.m.

Feb. 12 Krewe of Elks Jefferson MetairieFollows Krewe of Argus

Feb. 12 Krewe of Jefferson MetairieFollows Krewe of Elks Jefferson

Feb. 12 Krewe of Lyra Covington 10 a.m.

Feb. 12 Krewe of Grela West Bank 10 a.m.

In addition to checking out the fun parades, as the day wears on and into the night, I'm sure there should be some pretty epic party scenes captured here as oftentimes truth is far stranger than fiction and this could definitely be the case as you watch the live streams of New Orleans Mardi Gras, featuring Earth cams at both Bourbon Street and St. Charles Avenue. One live stream is provided below. For more links to live Earth cams from various New Orleans Mardi Gras locations, click here, but please, do so at your own risk.

About Mardi Gras (from Wikipedia)

"Mardi Gras" in English, refer to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after Epiphany and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi gras is French for Fat Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday. The day is sometimes referred to as Shrove Tuesday, from the word shrive, meaning "confess."[6] Related popular practices are associated with celebrations before the fasting and religious obligations associated with the penitential season of Lent. Popular practices include wearing masks and costumes, overturning social conventions, dancing, sports competitions, parades, etc. Similar expressions to Mardi Gras appear in other European languages sharing the Christian tradition, as it is associated with the religious requirement for confession before Lent begins.

In many areas, the term "Mardi Gras" has come to mean the whole period of activity related to the celebratory events, beyond just the single day. In some US cities, it is now called "Mardi Gras Day" or "Fat Tuesday". The festival season varies from city to city, as some traditions consider Mardi Gras the entire period between Epiphany orTwelfth Night and Ash Wednesday. Others treat the final three-day period before Ash Wednesday as the Mardi Gras. In Mobile, Alabama, Mardi Gras-associated social events begin in November, followed by mystic society balls on Thanksgiving, then New Year's Eve, followed by parades and balls in January and February, celebrating up to midnight before Ash Wednesday. In earlier times parades were held on New Year's Day. Other cities famous for Mardi Gras celebrations include Rio de Janeiro, Brazil;Barranquilla, Colombia; Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago; Quebec City, Canada; Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Mexico; and New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.

Carnival is an important celebration in Anglican and Catholic European nations. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the week before Ash Wednesday is called "shrovetide", ending on Shrove Tuesday. It has its popular celebratory aspects as well. Pancakes are a traditional food. Pancakes and related fried breads or pastries made with sugar, fat and eggs are also traditionally consumed at this time in many parts of Latin America and the Caribbean.