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Anthony Bourdain's wild trip to Cajun Mardi Gras in penultimate ‘Parts Unknown’

On Sunday’s Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, the penultimate episode featured Bourdain, who was found dead on June 8th from apparent suicide, experiencing Cajun Mardi Gras. Before the episode began, CNN’s Alisyn Camerota made a heartfelt introduction.“Anthony Bourdain had a way about him, a way of making us all want to be him. He had a lust for life and the coolness to own it,” Camerota began. “... His appetite for adventure was infectious. He had this way of making you want to go to exotic lands that you never before considered. And revisiting places in your own backyard you'd never paid attention to until he revealed them through his unfiltered lens.”Which led to yet another fascinating episode from Bourdain as he glided through a part of Louisiana that remains steeped in classic traditions, and largely unknown to most outsiders.Cajun Mardi Gras is a one-day celebration that occurs every year on the day before Ash Wednesday. It is similar to the more commercialized version that happens for a week in New Orleans every year, in that people are dressed in costumes and consuming large amounts of alcohol. And even though Cajun Mardi Gras looks like it has a parade, it’s more a caravan of debauchery that travels through town. After making an early-morning yet drunken stop at the local nursing home, they stopped to competitively catch chickens for that evening’s ritual gumbo feast. Then the party headed back to town where all of the local businesses have literally boarded their windows to protect their property from the ensuing festivities. And whether it was the food, the injuries, the people or the vibe, Bourdain perfectly captured Cajun Mardi Gras and made you glad that he was there to see it in person, and not us.Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on CNN.See why Mel B got so emotional during a performance on America's Got Talent:

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