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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Gorgeous pics Lisa! I have vowed to my cousin Vanessa to someday go. It's definately on my 'To Do' list.
Feb 06, 2008 12:12 PM #1
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Are those beads for me?  Cool!  I think I saw the Purple Knights on TV not too long ago.

I'm glad you had such a good time. 

Feb 06, 2008 12:35 PM #2
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Jason, you definitely get to get that checked off of the list!  It's more fun packed into 2 weeks than anyone should be able to have :)

Elaine, were they on TV?  Cool!  They are legendary here, and actually marched in 2 back to back parades on Sunday.  I don't know how they did it - I would have dropped in my tracks after the first one (I marched in junior high band and it was miserable!)

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Lisa, looks like a great time.  I certainly hope to make it down to New Orleans for Mardi Gras sometime in the near future -- beads and all.
Feb 06, 2008 01:29 PM #4
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Brian, it was a great time, beads and all :)
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Looks like you all had a good time!  And look at all the colorful beads and colorful everything!
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Judi Morgan
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Hey Lisa!  Great pictures of the floats.  I love parades!  Went down to the River Walk for a Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday -- it was nothing like "we" have in New Orleans.  Told Don, I need to go to Lake Charles or New Orleans for Mardi Gras next year. 

Now, get some rest -- I'm sure there's something fun going on this next weekend in around New Orleans! :) 

Feb 06, 2008 04:46 PM #7
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Sally, everything WAS very colorful and we had a blast!  It's an intense couple of weeks though, and I'm ready for a little R&R :)

Judi, thanks!  You will just have to drag Don down here for a real Mardi Gras celebration.  He doesn't know what he is missing.  I haven't even thought about this weekend yet!

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Lisa, he's Louisiana born & bred too!  He's been to New Orleans during Mardi Gras,  but I haven't ever been there during Mardi Gras. 
Feb 06, 2008 06:20 PM #9
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Judi, well we must rectify that!
Feb 07, 2008 08:04 AM #10
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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?
Feb 07, 2008 05:40 PM #11
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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.
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My wife loves watching the live cams you have online down there and you guys have way too much fun!

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Todd, you should plan a trip so she can see it live and in person and have fun right along with us :)
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