I always thought Mardi Gras was just the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Now I understand that in NOLA, it must start right after Christmas!
We learned there are several parades on weekend days - 12 today in fact! Each parade is put on by a “Krewe,” which used to be secret societies, but now are general social clubs.
Friday night we stood for about an hour waiting for the 6pm Krewe of Oshan parade, but by 7:30p we had enough waiting and people watching and gave up to find dinner instead.
The stands that are erected along the parade route are amazing. You can reserve seats, or reserve a whole section or box. Some were decked out quite elaborately and had roaring parties going on.
A word about the NOLA police - they seemed to be out in full force, serving the parade route in cars, SUVs and on horseback. Many standing in groups smack talking with foul language. All we saw, men and women were extremely obese. Apparently the standards to be part of the NOLA police force are not very high?! Jeff pointed out that a bad guy was easily going to outrun anyone that we saw!
So I tried to capture some if the parade sights on some photos … But they hardly do it justice. While out on my run this am, I had the good fortune of stumbling upon the Knights of Sparta as they were staging for their 1pm parade today! I got a chance to see the floats up close and personal and watched them load the floats with sandwiches, beer, beads and other trinkets to be tossed as is the tradition here “throw me something, Mister” or so it goes.