Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!

Happy Mardi Gras everyone!  I'm back from visiting my Mom in Louisiana and I was lucky enough to be there at the tail end of Mardi Gras season.  My hometown has several parades, one of which goes right past my Mom's house.  It's the coolest thing ever.  Mardi Gras is rather new to my hometown; parades have only been happening there since 1989.  I remember as a kid learning about Mardi Gras in New Orleans.  I knew they had parades, but when I found out they had parades that went through neighborhoods and not just major thoroughfares I thought that was the most amazing thing I had ever heard.  The Krewe of Highland parade first started either right before or right after I moved to Houston and it goes right through my Mom's neighborhood!!!  Sunday was the first time I got to actually see the parade, though.

The weather was dismal.  The temperature dropped 25 degrees in the hour we waited for the parade to start and it started raining as soon as the parade got to us, but we still had a great time. I know you weren't there with us, but here are some pictures to enjoy.  Grab a piece of King Cake, use your imagination, and pretend you're at Mardi Gras with us!!!  Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Jack and Grandma pretend to parade
notice the t-shirts

Throw Me Something, Mister!!


This video is of some guys who weren't actually part of the parade.  They would dance alomg with the floats for a few blocks and then dance back.  They were so much fun to watch!

And this video gives you a small glimpse of the pandemonium associated with free beads.

Song of the Day:

Editor's note: I'm publishing this on Wednesday, dated for Tuesday.  Jack is running a fever and I didn't get this done until Wednesday morning, but the post is about Fat Tuesday, so I want it dated on Fat Tuesday.  So there!


  1. That looks so fun! Here where I live, we are so far removed from Mardi Gras that no one (even my husband!) has heard of the king cakes with the little plastic baby. I tried to explain them but I ended up sounding like a crazy person.

  2. Yeah, I guess the concept is pretty weird. I usually sound like a crazy person when I try to explain anything Louisiana-ish to people, and I come from the northwest part of the state which is waaaayyyyy watered down and not stereotypically Louisianian.


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