HAPPY MARDI GRAS!

Since it’s not midnight, I can still say that to my blog peeps…HAPPY MARDI GRAS!

I just came home from all of the hoopla and this has got to be the biggest carnival season since…I can’t remember when.

NavySeal and I left the house around 7:30 this morning. Found a parking lot and paid the $30 for the day which, isn’t bad considering its mardi gras day.  Also, I don’t have to worry about being towed being in a lot.

We coughed up the price to sit in the grandstand seats again this year. Even though they raised the price, it was worth it. We got there at 8 a.m. and found our perfect lil spot in the front.

The most amazing thing happened this mardi gras….ZULU STARTED EARLY!!

Wow.

NOLA folks know that, Zulu is notorious for starting late…and breaking down.

Not today though…

they were too busy trying to beat the rain that was threatening to put a damper on the day.

They hit Gallier Hall at 9 a.m.

And before I forget, I have to talk about the Mayor of New Orleans

Mitch Landrieu.

Mitch had a ball today! I love the fact that, Mitch is so down to earth….his energy is magnetic!

After he rode in on the horse, he went to Gallier Hall and when Zulu passed, I was looking for him to be in the stands.

The mayor was on the street with the Zulu Walkers dancing his lil tail off!

Way to go Mayor!

Zulu passed quickly and had  really nice throws this year.

I was able to get 7 coconuts from Zulu!

Coconuts are hard to get and being able to get 7 “golden nuggets” is really something.

That’s what happens when I’m my cute, bubbly self…it rains coconuts.

I gave three of them away.  One to a young lady standing next to me,one to an elderly lady and the other to an elderly man. The elderly folks were both with an international club that had come to NOLA from England.

Rex followed about 15 minutes later and the truck floats were right behind Rex.  Most of the people in the grandstands left after Rex so, they had maybe about 30 people in our area after that.  That was fantastic because, we had beaucoup room to move around after that.

We headed home around 3 p.m.   We were around a fantastic bunch of people and I gotta say, those elderly people hustle more than the younger ones for that stuff!

I don’t like to bring all of that stuff home but, I do love to catch it!

Once I catch it, I usually give it away but, some I just had to keep.

Look at my Katrina beads!  It has the fema trailer, the blue tarp roof, the stinky fridge with chocolate city on it and a looter!  They’re awesome!

 

Here are my other favorites…surprisingly enough, they all came from Zulu.

 

 

As much fun as I had this season…and I really had a wonderful time this year,

I’m glad it’s over.

I’m tired.

Tomorrow, I plan to rest and recoup.

I’m really going to miss those king cakes though.

 

 

 

 

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17 thoughts on “HAPPY MARDI GRAS!

  1. Damn. I caught a couple of stuffed animals, but I could not get my hands on a coconut. Part of it was because these two little kids flanked me (I cannot escape children during a Zulu parade!) and they both got handed coconuts. I think I might shell out for a grandstand next year…Happy Mardi Gras!

    • Denise, you won’t be sorry.I’ve yet to have a bad time at the grandstand seats. You know you can’t compete with kids…they spot ’em and hand ’em everything!

  2. You DID GOOD! Thank you for being a NOLA ambassador and sharing with the tourists. I’d love to spend a Fat Tuesday with you. Glad y’all made it home safely. I just kept my northshore butt in Slidell and had my oil changed.

    • Judy, if you ever come over on this side of the lake for a Fat Tuesday, hit me up because, we’re gonna make that happen!

    • Jillian, feel free to drop by anytime. I also try to go to all of the festivals and blog them so, if you want to know what’s going on at the French Quarter Fest and the rest of them…you know where to go.

  3. Booby and Moo Moo are super jealous that you aren’t sending them one. 🙂 We watched Zulu and some of Rex online today. Booby loved it. We’ll have to come down soon.

    • Well, I just may have to do something about that. I agree and it has to be for mardi gras so my babies can experience it.

  4. I really enjoyed it as well !!! I had a place to sit right in front, something to drink, food, a “rest area'” and really REALLY GREAT COMPANY ( MY Bayou Creole ) LOVED IT !!!!

  5. Tell the truth, you flashed boobage for those coconuts………right?!? I’ve stood there many times and didn’t get a one. I guess I’m not too cute.

    • OH REGGIE! Ya got me cracking up over here!
      Nah bruh, I was in the grandstand seats. That’s where every news station in the city is. They all broadcast in front of Gallier Hall. The cops would’ve had me in jail so quick for that!

  6. I thoroughly enjoyed your parade posts. I’m going to make it to Mardi Gras one of these years. My friends and I hope to make a Superbowl/Mardi Gras trip in 2013

  7. Hello Bayou creole, I like a couple of your photos and would like to use one in a project that I am working on. Do you think that would be possible? I can give you much more detail once we connect. Thanks KL

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