I’m Coo-Coo For Coconuts!

Zulu coconuts 2012

And I gave two of them away!

Mardi Gras was wonderful! We were in a new section of the grandstand seating and it’s much better over there.

We actually had some elbow room.

There’s no elbow room across the street.

Next year, we’ll be picking the same spot.

Got some great throws this year and I’ve also discovered that,

I’m a bead snob.

I check the float to see what kind of beads they’re throwing,

and that decides if I’m going to wave ’em down or not.

Ya can’t blame me.

After years and years of collecting “generic”beads,

I’m only interested in the good stuff now.

NavySeal got a lot of Saints stuff,

But this one here is my favorite.

Everyone from the area knows that, the running joke during football season was,

the Saints would be in the Super Bowl when pigs fly.

Well, the pig has flown!!

We got in the stands about 7 a.m. and stayed until the truck floats started.

We would have stayed a lil longer but, I have enough throws to last a lifetime.

Or until the newest all female krewe, Krewe of Nyx calls me.

Yep! I’m on the waiting list to become a member of the Krewe of Nyx and I can’t wait for the phone call!

This was their first year parading so, I’m hoping I’m getting in early enough to become a member…wish me luck!

We left the grandstands at 3 p.m., I figured 8 hours out there was more than enough.

The temp was around 73 degrees and it’s just hard to go straight home with weather like that so,

we went and hung out on the bayou like two teenagers and finished off the beer and food we had with us.

Then, we went home and took a nap…like two old people.

I’m glad this season is over,

I’m tired.

Now, it’s festival season with the Soul Festival bringing it in on March 3rd and 4th at the Audubon Zoo.

French Quarter Fest is April 12th-15,

Jazz Fest starts April 27th,

Bayou Boogaloo is May 18th-20th

The Food and Wine Experience begins May 22nd with their grand tasting event on the 25th and 26th (I’ll be there in the 25th)

The Vieux To Do (Cajun-Zydeco Fest, La Seafood Fest and Green Tomato Fest) is June 8th-10th

Essence Fest is July 6th-8th

Satchmo Fest and White Linen Night are running into one another with Satchmo Aug 2nd-5th and White Linen on Aug. 4th

By the time the festivals wind down, it’ll be football season.

We have the Super Bowl here next year,

right in the middle of Mardi Gras.

It’s gonna be a wild ride!

Loving life in the Big Easy!

HAPPY MARDI GRAS!

By the time most of you read this, I’ll be out on the parade route.

It’s Fat Tuesday and folks are already out getting their spot and preparing for the big day.

Sunday was wonderful!

We had 6 parades that rolled uptown.

NavySeal and I got out there about 7 a.m. and stayed there until 8:30 p.m.

I would have stayed longer if Bacchus would have been throwing but, they were very chinchy .

The economy must be really bad for a lot of these crews because, they are barely throwing anything off of the floats.

Thoth is officially my favorite krewe on a Sunday. They always throw a lot of stuff.

They always make me remember the good ole’ days,

when stuff flew off of the floats like crazy!

The crowds were super thick but, since we got out there early, we were right in the front.

 

NavySeal made out like a bandit!  They threw him some cool Saints beads which I’ll take a pic of later on today and post.

As much as I love Mardi Gras, I’m glad today is the last day.

This stuff can wear ya out!

HAPPY MARDI GRAS !

 

 

Mardi Gras Madness Saga Continues

Well, I didn’t get rained on for Endymion.

YAY!!

They rolled and the weather held up which was great.

NavySeal wasn’t too particular about going out there but,

once he saw that I was heading out of the house,

there was no way he was letting me go out there by myself.

After he got out there he had a great time,

even though he did get pelted in the eye with a pair of beads.

I kissed it and made it all better…he’s alright now.

The crowd was really thin  for an Endymion parade.

They usually have crowds 10 or more people deep.

Last night, they may have been 2 deep…super thin for a super krewe

but at least they rolled.

Most of the bands pulled out of the parade because of the weather but, that was to be expected.

The only bands there from the surrounding area were,

Warren Easton,St. Mary’s Academy and St. Paul( from across the lake.)

Here’s some pics of my favorite throws from last night,

I LOVE my beads with the mask on it! One of the riders on the float spotted me and handed me those roses…such a sweetie rider!  The young kids out there were trying to get me to give them my light saber…nah, kiddies…that’s mine!

ya GETS nothing from me that’s really pretty or lights up! LOL

Oh, I almost forgot some riders were handing out t-shirts,

Ya know ya favorite Bayoucreole chick was gonna get one of them bad boys!

In carnival terms, that’s called being a “hustler.”

I’m a hustler baaaabyy and I want you to know….

Today is gonna be a long day with 5 0r 6 parades uptown,

NOMTOC, Okeanos, MidCity,Thoth and Bacchus (the super krewe.)

NavySeal and I are heading out at 6:45 a.m. and trying to get under the bridge again this year.

YellowJacket is with her dad.

He has a slew of relatives in town.

YellowJacket’s older brothers are in their 30’s  and, she been an auntie since she was around 10.

So, she’s over there with her nieces and nephews having a wonderful time…I think they’re all heading out to the parades today as well.

PurpleKnight will be home today as well as my dad who will probably end up hibernating in his room today…chillaxing.

Let the good times continue to roll, or as we say down here,

Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!

We’re Gonna Get Wet But, We’re Gonna Roll

It’s still raining but, at least it’s not a downpour.  Rain clouds are still hanging around us but, Endymion says its’ gonna roll.

One thing I know for sure, the floats are out of the den and lined up.

On my way home, I was stopped by the processional of floats heading that way,

Die hard carnival folks have already staked out their spots on the muddy neutral ground….braving the rain and everything!

I don’t know if I’d be standing in the rain a few hours waiting for the parade to pass.

Oh, don’t get me wrong…I plan on heading out if they roll and it looks like they will.

I’m just waiting to the very last minute to do so.

Why?

Cuz, I’m a die hard…just a lil drier than the rest of ’em is all.

HAPPY MARDI GRAS!

I’m Too Old For This…

Da  Bayoucreole isn’t going out tonight,

last night’s walk wore me out!

I’m not gonna miss the parades though, catching them live with WWL’s parade cam which is much better than NOLA’s to me.

If you want to see the parades rolling tonight, here’s the link

experiencemardigras.com

and here’s NOLA’s

paradecam

you’ll have the best seats in the house that’s for sure!

If you check the stream and nothing’s there, that only means that, they haven’t reached Gallier Hall yet.

Just keep checking because, they should be reaching there soon.

Saturday parades have been cancelled due to 100% chance of rain…all except Endymion who says that, they will try to run.

Watch they end up cancelling at the last darned minute!

Which will make Sunday even worse than the parade day from hell last year!

Why?

Because NOMTOC which is a huge parade for the westbank  has decided to cross the river and parade over by US on the eastbank!

WOW!

I know you Wetbankers are pissed about that one!

They were supposed to roll Saturday but because of the rain, they’ve decided to roll Sunday uptown at 9 a.m.

So far Sunday is looking hellish already with,

Krewe of NOMTOC
Uptown 9 a.m. 
RESCHEDULED FROM February 18, 2012

Krewe of Iris
Uptown 10:00 a.m.
RESCHEDULED FROM February 18, 2012

Krewe of Okeanos
Uptown 11:00 a.m.

Krewe of Mid-City
Uptown 11:45 a.m.

Krewe of Thoth
Uptown 12:00 p.m.

Krewe of Bacchus (a  Super Krewe)
Uptown 5:15 p.m.

…and you can ADD Endymion (another Super Krewe) after Bacchus if the rain is too bad for them to hit the streets!

I better take an extra dose of something to keep me going Sunday.

I just hope it isn’t cold like last year.