Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Mardi Gras

Have you ever been to Mardi Gras...I know what you are thinking, and some of that is true...but all of Mardi Gras is not on Bourbon Street. I still don't understand all the Catholic stuff that this is all about, but it is fun and a little, well, alot, raunchy....
This was my fourth Mardi Gras. This one was a little different...in the past I have always gone to New Orleans....but because my best friend and her husband divorced, and he got the apartment on Saint Charles used just for Mardi Gras, I spent this year in Baton Rouge watching the Spanish Town Parade. It is all about political satire and boy did they go after the "Stimulus Bill" in a big way.
What outsiders don't understand about Mardi Gras is how serious it is to the Catholic population in Louisiana....today, Fat Tuesday which is Mardi Gras Day is a holiday....LSU even cancels classes!
In New Orleans, on Saint Charles, opposite side of town from Bourbon Street is what I call the family side of Mardi Gras. You've never seen anything like it....it's a big huge tailgatge all the way down Saint Charles with every age from newborns to one foot in the grave folks. The young families all roll their ladders...yes, they put wheels on the end and they build little wooden seats on top and they roll these down to the street, set them up and when the parade starts the little kids sit in the little wooden boxes on top of the ladders....they yell at the people on the floats and they catch beads and toys and stuff. It's noisy and fun and you really get into going after those cheap little beads! I didn't care too much about the beads this year, I went for quality instead of quantity....I mainly took pictures because the satire was hilarious! I will try to post some of the pictures in a way that you can understand.
The most important part about my 2009 Mardi Gras adventure was the time I spent with my dear friend Candy....we've been friends for 23 years...she is my best friend....I love her dearly....she's had a rough few years but she is doing great! We celebrated Mardi Gras, Friendship and Life together.....I am blessed to have her as a friend and I thank GOD for her!


Mandi said...

Patti, It sounds like you had a wonderful time! I have never been to mardi gras, but would love to go. I have spent a St. Patricks Day on the river in Savannah and have been told that was comparable to the wild part of Mardi Gras. If you got any pics of those ladders you have to post them. I'd love to see that.
I had no idea Mardi Gras had anything to do with the Catholics. Learn something everyday.
I am glad you had a good trip and got to spend time with your best friend!

Jennifer Hamilton said...

Oh wow! It looks like you had a fabulous time and I'm super jealous since I've NEVER been! Also, what a great time to spend with your friend...she's I'm sure just as lucky to have you as a BFF as you are her! There is nothing like a good "sister" {friend} to have around! It's sad because the older I get, the further away we grow from our BFF's, but there will always be a few that I can count on, no matter what! Glad you had a great time and I love the pictures!