Viewpoint: MARDI GRAS is something to do

Have you ever heard anyone say there's nothing to do in Albany? Maybe you've said it yourself.

But it's certainly not true this weekend. The annual Mardi Gras celebration has become one of the biggest weekends of the year, and this year there are more activities than ever.

From the Harlem Globetrotters on Thursday to the WWE Smackdown on Saturday.

From pro bike races to the Albany Marathon and the Mardi Gras Street Festival, there's something for everyone to enjoy.

It takes a lot of work and hundreds of volunteers to put on the Marathon and the other activities.

We salute all of you who plan to help. For the rest of you, we encourage you to enjoy the fun. Line the streets to cheer on the racers. Head downtown to listen to the music and support the vendors.

Welcome the thousands of out of town visitors who will be here for the weekend. The more you support these activities, the more activities we'll have. And maybe you won't hear folks say "there's nothing to do here" anymore.