Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Happy Mardi Gras!

Today is Mardi Gras. It's the last day before lent. Today, locals and visitors will all go out for one last day of partying for children and adults alike. The parades will be rolling in Metairie, New Orleans, the Westbank, Slidell, Houma and so many other places! Here's a few pictures to help you get into the Carnival Spirit!

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King Cake! One of the most amazing parts of the whole Carnival Season! The tradition of king cake involves a baby placed in the cake. When it is cut, tradition calls for the person who finds the baby in their slice to bring the king cake to the next gathering.

Flambeau carriers. These men carry special torches to help light the parades. While the flambeau is no longer a necessity to the parade, they are still one of the best attractions! I enjoy watching them walk by! Not to mention, when it's cold they also provide a bit of warmth!

This is a Mardi Gras Indian. They are a fascinating tradition who appear in these amazing colorful costumes.

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Of course, everyone knows what Mardi Gras beads are, but this was just such a pretty picture of them!!

Here's a few items of note for people not from the area!

For locals, Mardi Gras is a family time. You head out to the parade early, stake out your piece of ground, you have chairs, coolers, and pretty much anything you need for the day. The adults hang out talking, the kids run around. Parents even make special ladders with seats on them for kids to sit in. Up there they have the chance of catching throws and what not. Around here, for some people, a baby's first Mardi Gras is as big of a deal as baby's first Christmas!

Mardi Gras is family time. On Saint Charles, on Napoleon, on Canal Street past the French Quarter, you see families. The hype you see of woman flashing, and other lewd behavior is really concentrated to Bourbon Street where the tourist are. And locals don't like that the reputation Mardi Gras has is something that ends up on Girls Gone Wild. Mardi Gras the way locals experience it is family friendly. If you ever want to bring your family, come and spend some time on the neutral ground on Saint Charles Avenue. You'll have a great time and will have no concern of seeing a woman's bare breasts!

So, I hope you enjoyed this different look into Mardi Gras! I hope if you are somewhere else, for just a moment you are wishing you are here.

And remember, I have a Scentsy giveaway going on this week! You can enter until Friday!


Melissa said...

Aw! I love this! Love that you told about how it's not all about girls flashing their breasts! So true!

I am not a fan of parades (any kind - not just mardi gras) but i do love having today off & I LOVE me some king cake! HAHA! :)

Happy Mardi Gras!

Katie said...

I love this post! How neat to have the Mardi Gras perspective from a local pov! We went to New Orleans last March just after Mardi Gras, and people on Bourbon St were so crazy, we both agreed we'd NEVER be able to handle Mardi Gras! This is awesome to know! I'd love to experience Mardi Gras in New Orleans, but definitely not the Bourbon St, Girls Gone Wild version!

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