The tradition I carry on is celebrating the history and revelry of Mardi Gras. As owner of a 102-year-old restaurant in the French Quarter, the tradition was instilled in me at a young age, when my parents purchased the restaurant from Germaine C. Wells, daughter of founder Arnaud Cazenave. At the time, the restaurant was on the brink of closure. As my parents worked to restore the restaurant, they happened upon an unassuming closet amid the expansive space. To their delight, they found dozens of lavish Mardi Gras costumes belonging to Germaine. She reigned as queen of more balls than any other woman in history. In homage to the founding family, my parents created the Germaine C. Wells Mardi Gras Museum, located on the second floor of the restaurant, and free and open to the public.