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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!

 

It Was An AMAZING Night!

I’m gonna tell you all about it tomorrow.  The floats are getting ready to come out of their dens and I have to get uptown before I can’t get past them.

Just another wonderful hazard of living in the city….float traffic.

I wouldn’t trade it for the world though.

Here are a few pics from yesterday…

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All Because It’s Carnival Time!

Well, I’ve made it back! I’ve been so busy lately, I’ve hardly have time to sleep.

I wasn’t going to leave my readers hanging around carnival time though.

No way would I do that!

Because y’all know good and well, I’m going to those parades. Yep, I’ll be out there in full force…weather permitting of course.

I’m not hanging out in the cold and rain.

But so far, the weather has been BEAUTIFUL! Lets just hope it stays that way.

So much as been going on.  The first predominately African-American female krewe hit the streets last Sunday.

The Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale.

I’m gonna put that on the back burner for a minute because I have folks looking for the 2015  Mardi Gras Parade Schedule so here it is,

February 6 2015
French Quarter
Cork 3:00 p.m.
Uptown
Oshun 6:00 p.m.
Cleopatra 6:30 p.m.
February 7 2015
Uptown
Pontchartrain 1:00 p.m.
Choctaw 2:00 p.m.
Freret 2:30 p.m.
Sparta 6:00 p.m.
Pygmalion 6:15 p.m.
Bywater/Marigny
‘tit Rǝx 5:00 p.m.
Marigny
Chewbacchus 6:00 p.m.
February 8 2015
Uptown
Carrollton Noon
King Arthur 1:00 p.m.
Alla 2:00 p.m.
Femme Fatale 3:00 p.m.
French Quarter
Barkus 2:00 p.m.
February 11 2015
Uptown
Druids 6:30 p.m.
Nyx 7:00 p.m.
February 12 2015
Uptown
Babylon 5:30 p.m.
Chaos 6:15 p.m.
Muses 6:30 p.m.
February 13 2015
Uptown
Hermes 6:00 p.m.
D’Etat 6:30 p.m.
Morpheus 7:00 p.m.
February 14 2015
Uptown
Iris 11:00 a.m.
Tucks Noon
Endymion 4:30 p.m.
French Quarter
Lafcadio 2:00 p.m.
February 15 2015
Uptown
Okeanos 11:00 a.m.
Mid-City 11:45 a.m.
Thoth Noon
Bacchus 5:15 p.m.
February 16 2015
Uptown
Proteus 5:15 p.m.
Orpheus (O) 6:00 p.m.
February 17 2015
Uptown
Zulu 8:00 a.m.
Rex 10:00 a.m.
Elks Orleans Follows Rex
Crescent City Follows Elks Orleans

And it you can’t make it to the parades, the parade cams will be broadcasting live so, you can still see me when I roll with the fantastic Mystic Krewe of Nyx! The link to NOLA.COM parade cam is here.

The audio and video is really great this year on the NOLA.com parade cam(when it isn’t going out on them) so I’m gonna give them shout out and if you can’t make it to the parades, tune in to those guys.

Also, for my Purple Knight family and followers, the St. Augustine Marching 100 will be in the following parades,

Cleopatra,Alla,Nyx,Muses,Hermes,Endymion,Mid-City,Bacchus,Orpheus and Rex.

Today is a very busy day for me because,

THE MYSTIC KREWE OF NYX ROLLS TONIGHT!!

I’m rushing and getting all of my last-minute stuff together. It’s pretty hectic.  My purses are ready to go though so that’s a good thing.

If you’re going to the parades tonight, I’ll be on Float 20, sidewalk side, bottom. Just yell Bayoucreole and I’ll hand you a purse! They are my babies…it’s gonna be hard to part with them, but I’ll have more babies next year. Here are a few of my favorites.

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A Tardis for my friend who is a Dr.Who fan (back)
A Tardis for my friend who is a Dr.Who fan (back)

 

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Zeta Phi Beta purse (front)
Zeta Phi Beta purse (back)
Zeta Phi Beta purse (back)
The very last purse I created this season.
The very last purse I created this season.
I posted a pic of these on another post but, just in case folks didn't see them. Here ya go!
I posted a pic of these on another post but, just in case folks didn’t see them. Here ya go!

I am really excited about my second ride with the krewe. We’re supposed to have a wonderful night. I’m expecting a ton of people out there…I hope I have enough throws.

The Krewe of Muses rides tomorrow. I’ll be out there cheering my friends on and taking pictures for you all to see. If I can get a few videos to put up, I will.

In fact, I’ll take a lil 30 second video of me on the float riding down St. Charles Ave. so you can see what it’s like up there.

It’s gonna be a long day so, I better get moving.

BUT!!

If you made it this far, leave a comment or two because,

IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME!!

See how I threw that in there?

I wanted to do a king cake giveaway but, I decided against that one because they use UPS and the person has to be home when they deliver it or UPS will probably leave it at the door. I don’t want them leaving folks king cake at the door all willy-nilly.

So, I’m going to do a $50 gift card one. It’s just my way of saying thank you for sticking with me…even when I take a break for a few months.

I really appreciate it.

All you have to do is check for my blog posts,leave a comment and I’ll put your name in the hat!On Feb.17th (mardi gras day), I will have Navy Seal pull the winner.

I’ll announce the winner on Ash Wednesday.

Tomorrow, I’ll  talk about my ride and I’ll post a few videos of St. Aug and Landry-Walker for my out- of state- folks who are feeling homesick right about now.

Then we can catch up on what’s been going on with the Bayoucreole Chick!

HAPPY MARDI GRAS Y’ALL!!

 

 

The Dead Has Arisen.

Lawd, hammercy…I’m back. It’s been 6 months since I’ve blogged about anything. I was contemplating putting ole’ girl to rest but, I’m glad I was able to fight through the fog and return. I’ve decided to take the “Seinfeld Approach” to this thing and let it be a “blog about nothing.” So I’ll be posting about any and every little thing my heart desires…NOLA,family,birds…whatever.

I’ve missed being in my own little corner of the world. I’d been spending a lot of time on Facebook. Facebook is cool but, I get tired of seeing so much drama fly through my timeline. Sadly, so many bloggers that I follow have given up the ghost. I totally understand why. It can become taxing trying to figure out what to blog. That’s why I’m taking a page from Seinfeld’s playbook. I think it’s going to free my mind to just come over here and write whatever hits me at the moment.

I’ve missed you guys! Lawd…is anyone here?lol. I might have to shake this thing up a bit and get some readers over here.

Well, let’s start this thing and try to catch up.

What’s the goings on in my world?

It’s cold as heck here in New Orleans! Right now, it’s 36 degrees! Now, I know that’s not cold for northern parts of the USA but for us deep south folks…that’s cold! I’ll be fixing some homemade eggnog today and hunkering down most of the day.

The holiday season is in our back door. My family has requested their standard Creole Thanksgiving Dinner so we’ll be having,

Turkey,Ham, Baked Mac and Cheese, Stuffed Bell Peppers, Stuffed Crabs,Potato Salad,Cornbread Dressing, Candied Yams,Veggies,Dessert ( don’t know what yet),Dinner Rolls and…GUMBO!

I feel like I’m forgetting something on that list. It may come to me later.

This time of year without fail, I get a lot of hits from people trying to fix a ruined roux. You cannot fix a ruined roux. Just throw it out and start over. It’s only oil and flour so, throw it out and start again.

Here is the problem with your roux…you probably aren’t stirring constantly for 20-30 minutes or until your roux become a nice dark color so before you start again,

go use the bathroom, put on whatever want to watch on the telly, have your cell phone right by you for when it rings because, once you start your roux…

you are stuck there for 20-30 minutes…constantly stirring until it’s done. Here’s the color you’re aiming for,

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Happy Rouxing!! 🙂

We are 3 months away from Mardi Gras!

Yay! That means 2 months to King Cake! I really could use some king cake in my life right now. I’ll be in that line on Jan 6th in front of Randazzo’s with the rest of the addicts folks.

Even though I love this time of the year, it’s crunch time for me. Being a member of the Krewe of Nyx, I usually create 30 purses to throw off of the float and then another 10 or so for family and friends. And while I love challenging my creative juices, trying to juggle it all (work, holidays,creating purses,etc) is the real challenge.

I wouldn’t trade it for anything though. Here are just a few that I’ve created this year.

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I can’t wait to ride again. It was such an amazing experience. We roll February 11th…I hope it isn’t too cold.

The Bald Eagles are still here. It seems that we have 3 active nests in the area. One at the 3-10 split near Kenner, one in Algiers and one here in New Orleans. I’ve watched the one in the city for almost a year now. I’ve learned so much just by watching them. They’ve got the nest all spruced up so hopefully, they will mate again. Since I follow them so closely, I’ve named them Falstaff and Dixie….yeah, I know…that’s beer. Well, this IS New Orleans. Here’s a pic of them taken this month.

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They actually let me get pretty close to the nest. I think it’s because they don’t have any babies in the nest yet. I’ll be posting about them frequently…since it seems that I’m a bird watcher now.

Speaking of babies and stuff, my kids are doing fine. Although they aren’t kids anymore. They’re in their 20’s …time is moving so fast. I can barely keep up anymore.

Navy Seal has decided to return to school and get his Ph.D in Public Policy. I’m so happy for him. That dude rocks. I guess I’ll have to call him Dr.Navy Seal when it’s all over. 🙂

My dad is doing fine now. I almost lost him a few months ago. He’ll be 85 in 3 months and though it hasn’t always been easy, I’m glad that I listened to you all and hung in there when the going got kinda rough.

Next year will be the 10 year anniversary of Katrina. Still feels like yesterday…still looks like yesterday in a lot of areas.  I love my city but, we have a lot of work to do.

I’ve needed new glasses for the longest. It’s time I made the dreaded appointment.

Yeah, I know that was random as heck…just getting it out of my head.

I have to get out and get my eggnog stuff so, I’m gonna wrap this post up.

 Hopefully, I still have a few readers around because I want to do a king cake give away and a Mardi Gras madness give away in a few months so stay tuned!

I’s back y’all!!!

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The Scoop and the Skinny…A Day of Nyxcitement.

I had thee best time Wednesday! Sit down a spell and I’ll tell you all about my pretty darned awesome experience riding with the Mystic Krewe of Nyx.

me in all my nyx splendor!!
me in all my nyx splendor!!

My riding experience actually began Tuesday with float loading. All of the floats are pulled out of the barn and brought to a place undisclosed to the public. We’re given a 3 hour window to load and/or check our throws. You could feel the excitement around the floats as the sisters were busy getting their throws ready for the big night.  The men were just as awesome as ever….checking to see if anyone needed help carrying throws or putting bike hooks up (we use them to hold throws). We just needed the rain to hold up.

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float loading time!
float loading time!
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some of my nyx sisters getting their float together.
Navy Seal getting my area  hooked up for me!
Navy Seal getting my area hooked up for me!
My nyx sister on the float we'll be riding.
nyx sister on our float.
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The weather wasn’t looking all that great for us. It rained Tuesday and light showers were expected around our time to roll.

But remember, I said it wouldn’t rain on Nyx the year I rode with them.

And the rain held up!

Wednesday morning  began with a light breakfast at home. I had some last-minute float things to do which took some time so I stayed pretty close to  home until it was time to leave.  Around 10:30 a.m. I dressed in full gear and headed out to the float loading area once again to drop off my decorated purses.

The pre-party began at noon. I arrived around that time and checked  in to enter the hall. Security is very tight at the pre-party and you have to show identification to enter. Once checked in, I received my wristband and I was good to go! The pre-party was off the chain! It was held at Generations Hall … they did a wonderful job. The staff was excellent and there was more than enough food and spirits to keep over 1200 women happy!

Mardi Gras  music filled the hall as the ladies  talked, laughed and enjoyed  being around other nyx sisters.

Our totally amazing Captain and Nyx Sisters.
Our totally amazing Captain and Nyx Sisters.
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pre-party fun!

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me and my nyx sisters
me and my nyx sisters
A Seas of Sisters
A  Sea of Sisters!

After a while, we could hear the sound of brass in the building. Well, with a brass band in the house, only one thing was  going to happen…

time to second line!

Did you notice all the different color wigs and headdresses? That’s because every year, there is a headdress competition. Each float comes up with an idea that’s related to the theme of their float and create headdresses to wear. There were some pretty spectacular  headdresses…there’s a lot of creativity in the krewe.

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representing my float, CHICKEN CORDON BLEU!  YEAH BABY!!!
representing my float,
CHICKEN CORDON BLEU!
YEAH BABY!!!

The pre-party was about 4 hours long. I enjoyed every last-minute of it. It was wonderful being around so many happy women who were eager to spread that happiness on to the City of New Orleans.  Shortly after the headdress competition, we were called to board the floats. Each float had a designated sister  holding a sign and we followed that person to the float.

That’s when it really hit me!

The waiting patiently to  receive  an invitation to join,  all the hard work and  dedication it takes to create purses..its all been for this moment,

TIME TO RIDE!

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making our way to the floats!
making our way to the floats!
My float mate showing us the way!
My float mate showing us the way!

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Float 16 rocked the night!
A few of float 16 riders with our driver.

Once boarded up  and ready to go, we were escorted by the New Orleans Police Department to the staging area. During this time riders began organizing more of their throws or  just took a minute to take it all in.

I took it all in.

Here’s a short clip I created of the ride and how the floats move to the staging area.

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floats at staging area

This is where the bands and dancing troupes  are waiting to “fall in line” with the floats.

Once we reached the staging area and the band  scheduled to march in front of us fell in line,

IT WAS ON!

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nyx coming down the street.
nyx coming down the street.

Here’s  a clip of the parade coming down the street

We began to throw like crazy to the crowd!  You go through sensory overload with so many people screaming for throws for 5 miles, but I enjoyed every single second of it.

The joy that you see when you give someone a throw is priceless. I particularly loved giving decorated purses to those who did not think they would get one from me.

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The crowd was very gracious!

Posters for purses were everywhere! It was spectacular!

A sinus attack kicked in on me around Lee Circle and by the time I made it to the end of the route, I was toast.

I’d do it all in a heartbeat though…sinus attack and all.

It was just that fabulous!

Thanks to all my wonderful friends,family and readers who came out in the cold to support me and the krewe.  It means so much to me that you were there for my inaugural ride.

The city showed the Krewe of Nyx so much love that night.

I’m  looking forward to many years of riding

with this wonderful krewe,

in this fabulous city.

photo courtsey of Streetcar PR.
photo courtsey of Streetcar PR.

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The Lucky 30 and Her Friends

TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT!!   Hail Nyx! We’re rolling tonight at 7!

I’m excited,tired,sad and happy all at the same time. Happy I’m riding, sad that I have to now part with my babies.

What babies you ask?

Why the decorated purses I’ve created throughout the year. It’s our signature throw and if you catch one, you indeed have a prized possession. The purses take many “people hours” to create and a lot of love and attention go into making them. Most of my purses were purchased from thrift stores. I’d often find the most torn and tattered ones and give them new life. We’re only allowed to bring 30 on the float, but we can create more than 30 and give them out to family and friends.

It’s been rainy and it’s supposed to be cold tonight. Hopefully, the rain will be finished by the time we roll…otherwise you all will see a soggy Bayou Creole on the webcam.

I’ll post about my day (which I’m sure will be one of the most amazing days of my life) sometime tomorrow…hopefully.

I gotta go…busy…busy…busy.

Here are some of my creations that I’ll  either throw tonight or have given to friends.  Some are simple, some are not. All have a part of me in them.

I hope you enjoy!

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