Did You Know that there’s a Family-Friendly Mardi Gras?

Did you know that there’s a family-friendly Mardi Gras in Louisiana? Me neither. And just because kids are invited doesn’t mean it’s tame. Raucous fun, spectacles of artistry, wild characters–both in the parade and watching it–and Americana.

Meanwhile, I had no idea that the Mardi Gras celebration lasts so long–weeks–or had so many parades (over 40). We went to 7 in two days!

The floats were impressive: large scale, double-decker, and themed to the hilt. The people on the floats are members of a krewe and pay for the right to be on the float, plus buy their own throws (lingo for beads and toys). It could cost up to $1500 per person. It was never made clear to me, but seemingly the organizations do charity work throughout the year. And somehow it’s a city ordinance that they wear masks. No one could explain why…

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In between floats were horses and characters like people or a Star Wars Storm Trooper. Of course.

Storm Trooper at Mardi Gras Parade

And then the joy of high school band after high school band. LOVE their hats with plumes!

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Stay tuned for upcoming posts about why a rubber chicken is so compelling; and the incredible community of people who celebrate Mardi Gras with their families.

2 Responses

02.17.12

did you see Muses? or St Anne’s walking parade?

02.17.12

neither.

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