Mardi Gras 2008 Weekend Recap

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Real Estate Broker Owner with Crescent City Living LLC

Mardi Gras 2008 is now just another page in the memory book, but it is a colorful and looooong page from the West Bank!

Saturday was a beautiful day - sunny, mild temperatures - a perfect day for a parade.  We packed up the kids and headed over to J&K Cafe and Bar for the tailgate party for the Krewe of NOMTOC parade in Algiers.  Mr. John Dugas knows how to throw a party!  There was a DJ, dancing in the parking lot, catching up with people we haven't seen in a year and, of course, the parade.  Floats filled with very generous riders showered the crowd with throws.

NOMTOC 2008  NOMTOC 2008

Sunday was another gorgeous day, but with no parades on the West Bank (does anyone remember the Krewe of Poseidon?) we filled an ice chest, piled in the car and headed to Uptown New Orleans for a marathon day of parading.  The Krewes of Okeanos, Babylon, Mid City and Thoth paraded down St. Charles Avenue in all of their glory.  So many entertaining bands, including the illustrious St. Augustine Marching 100, had the crowd dancing and clapping along to the music.  In typical New Orleans fashion, we made new friends with our fellow parade goers, keeping each other's children from venturing too far into the street or too close to a bass drum marching by.

Mardi Gras 2008  St Aug band

From the Uptown parade route, we headed downtown for a Super Bowl party, then back into the streets for the Bacchus parade, complete with Hulk Hogan for the celebrity guest.  What a day!

Bacchus 2008  Hulk Hogan

Monday brought a much needed break during the day, then we were off to Gretna for the Lundi Gras celebration at the Gretna Market.  Mayor Ronnie Harris presented the canine royalty from Pawdi Gras and Carnival royalty from the Krewes of Choctaw, Grela and Adonis.  A huge crowd filled the market and the surrounding streets, enjoying the food,the music and looking forward to daybreak on Tuesday.

Finally, Tuesday morning.  Happy Mardi Gras!  We were lucky enough to be able to ride through the streets of Gretna again, with 9 floats for the new krewe, Bes, following the Krewe of Grela.

Bes 2008

  King and Queen of Bes

The weather was warm and although the clouds came and went throughout the day, it was another glorious, exciting, exhausting Mardi Gras.  Give me a couple of days of rest and I'll be ready for next year!

beads

Hope your Mardi Gras was as much fun as mine.

Lisa Heindel

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Lisa Heindel
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Crescent City Living LLC
Judi, well we must rectify that!
February 07, 2008 08:04 AM
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Georgie Hunter
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You guys sure know how to party! Who has to clean up the mess? That would be a big job wouldn't it?
February 07, 2008 05:40 PM
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Lisa Heindel
New Orleans Real Estate Broker
Crescent City Living LLC
Georgina, the street sweepers come behind the parades and do a fabulous job of cleaning up.  It's only in the last few years that the city stopped measuring the success of Mardi Gras based on how many tons of garbage were collected afterwards.
February 07, 2008 07:13 PM
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Todd Clark
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My wife loves watching the live cams you have online down there and you guys have way too much fun!

February 12, 2008 12:18 AM
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Lisa Heindel
New Orleans Real Estate Broker
Crescent City Living LLC
Todd, you should plan a trip so she can see it live and in person and have fun right along with us :)
February 12, 2008 08:32 AM
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