- Posted February 28, 2011 by
New Orleans, Louisiana
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Travel snapshots: Otherworldly landscapes
Happy Mardi Gras!!!
Mardi Gras in New Orleans!!!
The first week-end of the Carnival season officially kicked off Friday night in New Orleans with eight parades rolling in the metropolitan area. When most people hear of Mardi Gras and New Orleans they immediately think of the wild antics on Bourbon Street. Don’t get me wrong, it is definitely fun if that’s what you are looking for, but for the locals Mardi Gras is a time for family. For the young, old, and everyone in between this is a time to dress up in your favorite Mardi Gras attire and relax along the parade route with family and friends. My favorite place to go to watch the parades is on Napoleon and St. Charles Avenue. I watched the Carrollton Parade, King Arthur, and others. It’s a wonderful place to spend the day. Revelers traditionally make signs to hold up in order to catch the rider’s attention on the floats. Some signs may be for specific requests such as footballs or stuffed animals. Today as the parades started rolling, the crowds gathered and waved their arms in the air screaming, “Throw me something”. The people riding on the floats threw beads, cups, stuffed animals, swords, footballs, and even moon pies. Yes, moon pies. I actually saw people eating them. Dispersed among the large floats are marching bands from local High Schools in and around the New Orleans metropolitan area. One of the bands marching today was Warren Easton High School. As they marched by I couldn’t help but think these kids would not have band uniforms or instruments if not for the generosity of Sandra Bullock after Hurricane Katrina. Thank you Sandra…
Parades will continue every night this coming week and through Fat Tuesday. The temperature in New Orleans is 75 degrees with sunny skies. So if any of you are looking to escape the snow, New Orleans is the place to be…Pack up the family and come spend Mardi Gras in New Orleans, the way the locals do it.
peace out America