Friday, March 03, 2006


The weather was perfect for Mardi Gras day. A great number of people showed up to enjoy the last parade of the Carnival season. As usual, lots of people dressed in costume for this final parade, many in parody of the recent events surrounding the hurricanes and FEMA. For the uninitiated, the above shirt graphic is poking fun at the cryptic spray painted signs the rescue crews left on flooded houses. The signs indicated the identification of the rescue team, the date, and if applicable, the number and location of people found dead.

My niece Sophia (foreground) hangin' with her little friends at a parade on Mardi Gras day.

Me and Nathalie, prior to getting any beads.

New Orleans' finest.

A float from the Rex parade.

Nathalie and I after catching a few throws. One of the things about catching all those beads is trying to figure out what you're going to do with them after Mardi Gras. Some people tuck them in their attic, often recycling them by giving them to a float rider the following year. Some people just hang onto them forever. Last year, Nathalie and I drove around New Orleans with the convertible top down launching the beads into the trees as we drove under them.

Another float from the Rex parade.