Monday Madness…Crutches?!

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Yeah, I’m walking around on crutches right now…sigh. This is definitely old people problems because I don’t think I would have had to get crutches if my ligaments were in their younger days.

How’d it happen? Cleaning up.Standing on one leg while on a chair. When I brought the leg down I missed the chair and jarred it on a cement petition. I actually felt the pain shoot up my leg. So now I’m out-of-commission…sorta. I’m supposed to be on bed rest, but there was no way I was missing Wicked on Tour. I managed to hobble around the theatre on one crutch…which I actually prefer. I’m gonna end up with a leg cast fooling around with both crutches. And I’m getting really creating when it comes to hiding the splint. Can’t wait to be off of these things though.

Grandbaby Creole(GBC) …I just blog named herūüôā decided to show out for her birthday and took her first steps in front of everyone. It was awesome!

My 86-year-old dad was in his glory watching his great-granddaughter walk.

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4 generations strong. Purple Knight,Me,Dad,Yellow Jacket and Grandbaby Creole.

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My dad and his girls.

My kids just about grew up on this blog. Yellow Jacket was 13 when I began blogging and she’ll be 22 next month. I’m still trying to figure out where the time went.

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Yellow Jacket 2008

I guess I’ll have some time to catch up on all of my blogging now…since I’m laid up for a minute. That’s a good thing because I miss blogging. Facebook saps all of the creative energy out of me because it’s so quick. With Facebook,Instagram and Twitter around,blogging has become the dinosaur of social media. I still like it though because it’s my space to get whatever I want to out of my head without having to deal with all of those “judgy-wudgies” on those other sites.

And I miss you guys. I don’t know if I’ll ever stop…I may slow up a bit, but I’m gonna hang around as long as possible. Besides, the grandbaby will give me all sorts of new ¬†stuff to blog about.

So, let’s catch up! I have so much to cover!

 

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20160109_183304-1Well, carnival season is officially over and it was absolutely fabulous! I’m going to break my Mardi Gras post into 2 parts because I have so much that I want to cover.

Part one is gonna be about the Krewe of Nyx’s fantastic fifth year. Yeah, the krewe has turned 5 already. It seems like yesterday I was on my lil blog crying away because my number was 1819 (that number will forever be in my head) on the waiting list.

And now I’ve been a sister for 3 years, was a sister-in waiting for 1 year,and I’ve attended all of the Nyx Myx Balls except the first. It’s been one helluva journey and I’m glad that I’ve been able to share it with y’all.

So grab some munchies and lets talk about what went down this year.

In five short years, the krewe has grown tremendously! The first year it rolled with a little over 500 members.

This year we rolled the streets of New Orleans with 2,232 members.

By the way, if you are trying to become a member, you better get over to this website really quick and fill out the Ladies of Interest form. It opened up a few days ago and women were flocking over there like crazy.http://www.kreweofnyx.org/page-1307124

Needless to say, the word is out about the krewe and women are wanting to join the sisterhood. I can’t say that I blame them. When I joined, I didn’t know a soul in it. Now, I have so many women that I call my friends and float mates…it’s pretty darned awesome.

The sisterhood is real y’all.

February 3rd, we took to the streets and for a while there we though that we may have some bad weather, but it was a beautiful night!

I managed to take a 2 minute clip of my ride. If you REALLY REALLY want to know what it’s like up there for me, take a peek. It was taken on the corner of Napoleon and St. Charles. This is where the parade turns onto the longest street of the parade. When you watch the clip, remember…the parade is 5 miles long! It’s total sensory overload..and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

Here’s the clip

 

It was truly an amazing night, my ride was epic…but I gotta back up and start with my favorite event of the season… the NYX MYX BALL!

YEAH! That’s my favorite event for sure!

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Bayoucreole with Julie Lea (Captain of the Mystic Krewe of Nyx)

The Nyx Myx was held at the Hilton Riverside and once again, the krewe did not disappoint. Navy Seal and I decided to switch it up this year and ¬†stayed at the hotel for 2 nights. Yeah, I know we live in the city, but let me tell ya…that was THEE best decision ever! It was so convenient to be able to just go upstairs at the end of the ball. ¬†And when you’re¬†tipsy tired, who wants to have to worry about getting home and stuff?

And a staycation in New Orleans is always an awesome thing to do.

The Nyx Myx Ball is a ball that’s hard to beat. ¬†It starts at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 3:30 a.m., you get a 3 course dinner, an open bar the entire time…

OPEN BAR THE ENTIRE TIME…

and around midnight, they set up a breakfast buffet. ¬†The MoJeaux’s were the entertainment in the Grand Ballroom and the No Idea Band were the entertainment for the Grand Salon. Both bands were crazy good! I fluttered like a lil social butterfly between the 2 rooms and got my dance on for sure.

One of the reasons the ball is my favorite event is because the energy is off the richter scale. Everyone is so happy, it’s like a sea of joy for hours on end.

Our ¬†Captain(Julie Lea) looked absolutely stunning! Here’s a clip of her making her grand entrance.

 

The grand marshal for 2016 was Paggy Lee,the owner of Five Happiness Restaurant (If you want the best Chinese food in the city, this is where you should go.) Her entrance was spectaular! She had Lion Dancers with her and it was so cool to watch them perform. 

Y’all ¬†already know that I believe a picture is worth a thousand words so, here we go…

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Captain (Julie Lea)

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Goddess V (Lori Seuzeneau)

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Grand Marshal (Paggy Lee)

 

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The dance floor stayed packed!

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Navy Seal and our family.

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My cousin…who should have been in the picture right above this one, but she was having wayyyy too much fun! She’s also my float lieutenant…love her!

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My awesome friends. I’ve been knowing him since we were 15 years old. I met his beautiful wife through him and now, not only are we good friends, she’s a member of the krewe as well. ¬†Life is good.

 

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Yep! The Nyx Myx Masquerade Ball was one for the record books!

We aren’t finished yet though…told ya grab some munchies.

About a month after the ball, the Krewe hit the streets of New Orleans with those 2,232 women and painted it pink and black.

A few days before we roll, the krewe holds distribution day. This is the day we get to pick up our costumes and other things. ¬†I think this is when it hits most of us that we’re actually getting ready to roll.20160127_18195720160127_18174020160127_182030

I took these pics after the mad rush of women had cleared out. Every float has a table and that’s where the ladies pick up their items.

After that, the next big event before we hit the streets is float loading.

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Pallets of throws getting ready to be loaded onto the floats.

Float loading is usually the day before we roll. ¬†I gotta¬†hand it to the krewe, they really made it convenient for us to load this year. Being able to check/load my throws during the daytime was…well, it was like night and dayūüôā

Having extended hours to load was a great help too.

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BayouCreole getting ready to check her throws.

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View from top of float

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Upper level of float. What do I see? SPACE! I’m so jealous.

The day of the ride, we have a pre-party. That’s where we all get together and have a wonderful time before we roll. ¬†This year the pre-party was ¬†held at the Convention Center.

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I love being in my 50s! ¬†Random…yes, I know.

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I was on the Cinco de Mayo float.

The pre-party is another favorite event of mine. I’ve enjoyed them all, but this year it was fanTABulous!

What made it fantabulous you say? Well, in addition to the food,drinks and having fun with my fellow nyx sisters,

we had a lot of room in that joint!

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The Captain and her krewe.

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Getting their groove on!

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The Captain,Goddess V,Grand Marshal and the BOD

That’s right! All of us were in that one room ¬†with plenty tables for each float and we still had a bunch of space to walk around, dance and mingle.

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Headdress competition. I’m in this picture, but you can’t see me because¬†I’m so damned short ¬†I’m behind my cousin.

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The Human Jukebox!

Now, add Southern University’s Marching Band (The Human Jukebox) to the mix and yeah…we were pretty hyped and ready to hit the streets by the end of the pre-party.

About 4:30 p.m. we began heading out to get on the floats. Once everyone was on board, we were brought to the staging area. This is where we met up with all of the bands and marching units. As the float neared the start up area, the bands and marching units fell in line behind whichever float they were supposed to and then it was off to the races!

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The city welcomed the first all-female super krewe with open arms! ¬†We felt so much love…it was really overwhelming. I expected a large crowd, but when we made the turn from Jefferson onto Magazine Street, the crowd was so thick. The first thing came to my mind was “oh shit, I don’t have enough throws for this!”

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Corner of Jefferson and Magazine

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Magazine St.

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St. Charles Ave.

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Turning onto Canal St.

I had enough though. By the¬†end of the ride I was too pooped to pop. I didn’t suffer with any body aches until the next day. Five miles of constant throwing can take a toll on your muscles. Next year, I’m scheduling a “post ride” massage to get this old body back in order.

Body aches are a small price to pay for such an experience. I’m already looking forward to 2017.

I’m not rushing it…just looking forward to it.

I still haven’t recouped from this carnival season.

I gotta give kudos to the women who make it all possible. I’m sure it’s not easy, but nothing great ever is.

Well done ladies…well done.

And because it has become tradition for me to put up a few of the signature purses that I create each year, I shall not disappoint.

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Mad Hatter/Cheshire Cat

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Ginger

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Neon Flower

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Tabasco Purse

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Mardi Gras Mambo

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Mr. Owl Purse

HAIL NYX!

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It’s Carnival Time!

Is this thing on? Hellllooo out there! Y’all gotta forgive me, I know it’s been a long time…the grand baby is almost 8 months old so, I know it’s been a minute. I’ve been very busy. ¬†Ya girl is back in school continuing her eduMAcation and it’s taking up so much of my time.

Y’all know that if anything would bring me back to blogging though, it would be Mardi Gras. This is my favorite time of the year. We’re going to catch up on a lot of stuff (the Nyx Myx ball was off the chain and I went to the inaugural ball for the Krewe of Pandora.) ¬†Also,when we roll on Feb 3rd (I’m so not ready) I’m going to take a video and post it. We’re expecting a huge crowd out this year and the turn from Napoleon Ave. onto St. Charles Ave. is a sight to see. I’m gonna video it and put it up for you all to see. This is the Krewe of Nyx’s 5th year anniversary and what was once a krewe of a little over 500 women is now a krewe with… wait for it…2,232 women riding!

That’s pretty amazing.

I’m so glad that I am a member of such a wonderful krewe. I’m gonna tell you all more about that later though.

Because today is the day that the parades hit the streets, I have people looking for information so here we go,

The link to the 2016 Mardi Gras parade schedule is here

If you live out of town and want to watch the parades or if you live in the city and just can’t make it out for whatever reason, NOLA.COM has a parade cam that’s located on the corner of St. Charles and Napoleon. You can catch all of the parades (with the exception of Zulu and Endymion) on this parade cam. The commentators have gotten much better (the first few years were rough with them) and it’s a live feed ¬†so if you want to watch the parades, make sure you check out what time the parade starts. The parade cam is not too far from where the parades line up.

You can find the link to the parade cam here.

I’m gonna wave at all of my fabulous readers who will catch the Krewe of Nyx on the parade cam. It has become a tradition for me now.

This year I’m on float 28, sidewalk side (that’s passenger side for those who don’t know Mardi Gras lingo.) If you come out on the route to support us,just yell ¬†BayouCreole and I’ll ¬†have a beautifully decorated purse for you!

Grandstand tickets are still for sale. If you want to purchase grandstand tickets, you can find the link here.

I’m actually trying something new this year. This will be my first year catching Endymion in the grandstands. I usually catch them under the bridge at Canal and Claiborne. ¬†I thought I’d switch it up this year. This is Endymion’s 50th year anniversary! Wow…Can’t wait to see what they put on the streets this year.

The St. Augustine Marching 100 will be in the following parades

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And I think that’s about it. If I think of anything, I’ll come back and put a mini post up, but I think I’ve covered the basics. I know a lot of folks (including me) love Randazzo’s king cakes. They(Manny Randazzo’s in Metarie)¬†are usually closed on Sundays, but they will be open the Sunday before Lundi Gras (think the day Bacchus rolls.) So if you want to get a king cake before Lundi Gras, you can go there Sunday.

The link to Randazzo’s is here.

Well loves, I think that’s it for now. I gotta get outta here. I’m trying to catch the parades tonight.

Will be back soon…MUAH!

 

 

 

 

 

 

And We Have A Winner

Alright y’all,we have a winner in the Mardi Gras giveaway.

I wrote all the names down on a piece of paper and had Navy Seal pull the lucky winner. After today, the winner has one week to email me their address so I can mail the gift card to them. If the first name pulled doesn’t contact me, the 2nd name pulled will receive it.

Here’s Navy Seal pulling the names,

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The winner of the Mardi Gras giveaway is…

LISA BINAR!!

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Lisa, you have one week to contact me or the prize will go to…

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Yep! Tazzee!

Y’all this has to have been one of the easiest giveaways on the internet. I mean, it’s practically a ghost town over here these days…lol

Lisa, you can reach me at bayoucreole63@yahoo.com. Let me know where to send your Visa gift card.You have until February 25th to give me the info before I contact the runner-up.

Y’all have a great one!

 

Happy Mardi Gras!

Happy Mardi Gras!

It’s cold as heck out there! I’m home where it’s warm and toasty. This is the 2nd year that I opted not to get grandstand seats and it’s been cold as the dickens out there both years.

I’m just beginning to feel like my ole’ self since my ride….which was totally amazing!!

The Krewe of Nyx took over the city on Wednesday, February 11th with over 1,500 women riding!

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It was an absolutely gorgeous night. No rain and it wasn’t cold at all. I only needed 2 shirts under my costume and I was quite comfortable.

And we weren’t cramped on the floats.

I love that we aren’t ¬†forced to be packed like sardines. ¬†I looked at a few other krewes and they were packed kinda tight. I don’t see how they had room to move on some of the floats I’ve seen.

My float mate and I were in this little section by ourselves and it was heavenly!

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I wanted to get a video of my ride but, they has so many people out there. I was a throwing fool!I didn’t even have time to get a bite of a sandwich.

My kids (well, they’re young adults now)Yellow Jacket and Purple Knight always come out on the route to support me and the krewe. Seeing them and Navy Seal out there is the highlight of my ride.

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And they always managed to get a shot of me in action on the float,

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I want to say thank you to all the readers who came out and supported the krewe. It really means a lot to me.

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Krewe of Nyx throws 2015

 

But as much as I loved my ride, I really want to give some attention to a new krewe that hit the streets of New Orleans this year. The first predominantly African-American all-female krewe,

the Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale (MKFF).

Actually, two predominately African-American all-female krewes hit the streets this year.

The other krewe is the Krewe of Athena,Inc. but they ride in Metairie. I’m really happy to finally see black women riding in such heavy numbers. It’s been long overdue.

Congratulations to MKFF and the Krewe of Athena!

You are now a part of Mardi Gras history.

Here are a few pictures of MKFF.

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They’re gonna have to have a meeting with their members about keeping those masks on their faces though. It’s a violation to ride unmasked and I saw a few women riding without their masks on.

Well, that’s all I have for now. I’m gonna watch all the parades on the internet so, I have to go!

This is the last day of the giveaway! I’m gonna have Navy Seal pull the winner this evening and I’ll post the winner tomorrow.

Y’all be safe out there!

Have a great Mardi Gras!