Halloween - Halloween in Madison I really don't know if the...

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Halloween in Madison . . . I really don’t know if the experience can be described in words. Those participating in the event (students) seemed to be rowdy and uninhibited. The police officers seem to be a bit more rigid looking. There are police officers every couple of business entryways and scattered through the crowd. There are also officers on horses riding through the crowd. Depending on which police officers you look at or talk to, it’s sort of like the Mifflin Street Block Party, some are jovial and seem to be happy to be there, willing to joke around and take pictures with rowdy, drunk participants, and others seem to be on a mission to give out as many tickets or arrest as many people as possible. State Street smells like a dirty house party, meaning stale beer and sweaty alcohol, even though it’s freezing outside. There is an ungodly amount of people all around and it’s next to impossible to walk two steps without running into someone (or someone drunk actually running into you.) I’m not a claustrophobic person, but it got a little intense on State Street, it could have just been all of the people, but I think that it was more of all of the people plus the costumes. Every once in a while you’d see a random drunkard run down State Street one way screaming something , or you’d see some police officers dumping out a bottle or can and plastic-handcuffing the (usually) drunk person and carting them off to the University Hotel (a.k.a., the make-shift police station for the night). In his article, Sexton talks about the cultural ethos of the Cajun French as being laisser les bon temps rouler (“let the good times roll”) and joie de vivre (“joy of life/living”) . . . but that’s not how it is here during Halloween. Our aphorism tends to be more “Work hard, play hard,” and here at Madison, that’s what we tend to do. How else would be we get not only the number 1 party school in the nation but also have some of
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the highest academic standards for a public university? Also, Sexton talks about how easily accessible liquor is in the south. Here, it’s not that easy to get (depending on who you are and where you’re at). In the south, they have drive through Daiquiri shops, liquor stores, convenience stores and gas stations, here, you can only buy liquor until 9
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  • Spring '06
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  • police officers, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, Mardi Gras, Mifflin Street Block Party

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