We ate pie and crawfish. We drank sparkling wine and beer. We ran 3.1 miles. We threw and caught beads and candy. We danced, we laughed, we ate some more pie. Oak Cliff Mardi Gras 2012 came and went this weekend.

Winnetka Heights won best float in the parade for their 70s disco theme. The judges — Roy Appleton of the Dallas Morning News, Joanna England of Oak Cliff People and I — scored a tie between the Winnetka Heights float and last year’s winner, Krewe La Rive Gauche. In the end, a coin toss decided it. There were many terrific floats, and it’s impressive that neighbors put in so much time and work on them.