Lundi Gras. The Monday before Mardi Gras. Fat Tuesday. Bourbon Street. The heart of the tourists’ version of the holiday. The only locals — people from here — who go there are people like me who are working. And, only for a short time. We have other places to be. Like the Zulu parade. Or, […]

New Orleans is music city. Jazz came from here. Rock n Roll had some of its earliest roots here. So, it figures that so much of Mardi Gras is music driven. Bands lead the parades. Bands lead Mardi Gras royalty. Bands wander down the street creating informal second lines. New Orleans. Mardi Gras 2015

Flambeaux. In the old days, these guys lighted the way. Imagine a Mardi Gras parade with little no street lights. Today, they are a big part of the parades, but they are ceremonial and dance to earn tips and a small salary. They are among the hardest workers during Carnival. Imagine this. Carry a natural gas […]

    Scenes from the street. The Battleground as they used to say. Lots of preparation, Arriving, Walking. Always walking. New Orleans. Mardi Gras 2015 One more thing. WordPress is trying to force us into their new and “improved” design. It’s become hellish to post. Pictures cannot be organized as I intended. And, they may […]

Yes. My heaven. “Trapped” between four major high school marching bands getting ready to roll on the parade route. They rehearse in sort of a competition of call and response. One band plays a song. Each band plays the same song trying to best the others. Backstory. These bands would never have been so close […]

A neighborhood parade called ‘tit Rex. No. Not what you are thinking. ‘tit is a shortened form of petite. Rex is one of the largest Mardi Gras krewes, rolling on Fat Tuesday. This is the snarky version of that. Little Rex. Take a look at the middle picture. That’s yer typical float. Like almost every smaller […]