So you have heard of this thing called Mardi Gras, huh? The wild parties, the drunken tourists, and the parades. Well, I hate to disappoint you, but that is not Mardi Gras, that is Bourbon Street in the french quarter any night of the week year round. Ok, well sometimes this is mardi gras, but most parades throughout Louisiana are actually quite different.
This is Mardi Gras:
It all begins with a couple of old guys walking down the streets with flags. Proudly following the cops on horses and hopefully not stepping in horse crap. If you are lucky they will blow you a kiss.
Then, the parade gets really wild. Bagpipes baby. It’s getting hot in here, so lets all wear awesome kilts.
Yes, we have a group of men that go around town pretended they are the actual ghostbusters. This is something that is really happening. How do I become friends with them?
What could be more southern than parading a group of women who need to be married on a float? You are too old to find a man on your own, well then we will parade you through town and see if we get any takers.
Oh yeah, it is about to get wild, a second group of bagpipers. Who knew there were so many families that bagpiped together? The family that wears skirts together stays together, right?
Throw me somethin’ Mister! No, not white goo that shoots out of your hand, this is a family parade. Throw me some beads and a plastic cup. God knows I need another mardi gras cup. What else would I drink my sweet tea out of? What you thought I was going to say whiskey didn’t you? Tisk Tisk, I save the whiskey for family holidays and I keep it in a flask, naturally.
I am so homesick for New Orleans right now I can barely stand it. I hate tourists, really, I can’t stand them and the way they treat my beloved city like their own private frat house bathroom, but the soul of the city calls me back every day. I went to the theater to see “Tchoupitoulas” a few weeks ago and I kept reaching out to the screen. Some day I’m going to make it back home.
Thanks for posting this, you made my night. (Tell the city I miss her!)
I will tell her, but I imagine she knows.
We went to a parade last night with the goal of not bringing any beads home! We brought home three cups and that was it! Always need more cups.
Nice. How was Muses?
Muses was so-so. Nyx went way better
We have a Ghostbusters car in my town and I am desperate to make friends with them. Thus far my overtly friendly smiling and occasional waving is not working, I am going to have to work harder.
You must let me know how it goes.
That’s funny. To me Mardi Gras IS a family holiday!
Around here it is.
I need more cups! Somehow they keep disappearing. Don’t think I will make it to any parades this year. Since I have moved 40 miles north of the coast it’s just not that convenient anymore. No little kids at home to bug me to go and I already have a file box full of cool beads. Am I getting old? 🙂
Well, no. Sometimes it is good to take a break from the parades.
Maybe the Ghostbusters can marry the brides? It’s a Mardi Gras miracle!
That would be fabulous.
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I’ve been to New Orleans once. My recollection is that the tourist area smells like beer and pee, but that pralines are heaven.
That would still be correct.
fabulous synopsis of the city, jmlindy422! its one in a million, though!
True story! It can be a real family environment, with tail gate party’s and lots of fun!
Still can’t wait to go to Mardi Gras!
Well, then what are you waiting for? Life is short.
…not sure what this parade is for…ghosts? St. Patty’s day??
Mardi Gras parade. For mardi gras its really an anything goes type of thing. Parades are often eclectic.
That goo spidey statement cracked me up! Are we the only two to know what that stuff really is? (It ain’t webbing, that’s for sure.)
We have a mini-Mardim Gras down near Galveston. It’s the best we can do without the 8hr drive east. Crazy madness, though. I feel too old for it anymore, but I hope to take the kids once I feel they’re old enough to see people doing not-so-nice things in public.
Yeah 8 hours is a long drive. It is really nice that with so many parades here you have many family options.
Love it!!! I’m from and still live in Louisiana…great narrative!
I went to Mardi Gras this year and saw a parade and was like ………………… I like the one at the Rio in Las Vegas better. But I do heart NOLA. And catfish. And lots and lots of drunk boys to make out with.
We have got nothing on Rio. I know this and I have never even been.