Sunday, March 13, 2005


New Orleaneans love to celebrate, and New Orleans celebrated St. Patrick's Day this weekend by hosting parades with floats, costumes, beads, and produce in the style most eminating Mardi Gras. Yes, produce. Potatoes, carrots, and cabbages are common items "thrown" from the floats along with various asssortment of beads during the St. Patrick's Day parades.

Nathalie and I joined a few of my buddies from work at my friend Ed's house (who lives a stone's throw from the parade route) and celebrated the miracle of St. Patrick by drinking green beer, snacking and socializing, and dodging various projectiles thrown at us by those on the floats.

Among the stranger items I saw thrown today: Ramen noodles, recycled Mardi Gras beads that actually say "Mardi Gras" on them, and oranges. I had a difficult time trying to associate Ramen noodles with the Irish... Other than the possibility that the Irish might have survived on Ramen noodles during the Potato Famine had it been available.


Ed's dog that briefly joined us at the parade.