Always Music

How it looks before…

This post is short. Not because I don’t have much to say. That’s never stopped me before. Oddly, I do have few things to say. Today. See what I did there?


Big storm a comin’. I’m checking the weather channels to see what parades will be postponed, and cancelled. And, planning and reacting accordingly. Normally, when a rain storm moves into the area during the parade season of Mardi Gras, the parade keeps rolling. There are a ton of reasons for this. Not the least being with already tight schedules there is often no place to add another rescheduled parade. More importantly, there is a huge disappointment factor. The krewes work for about a year getting ready. If their parade is cancelled, well… how would you feel?


This storm is big. The weather folks are predicting four inches of rainfall over a couple of hour span. That’s a lot of water. With our barely functioning pumping system that gets dangerous. For everybody. You never know where the streets will flood.


This picture is sort of a placeholder. You’ll see this at almost any pre-parade location. Bands waiting. Getting ready. Relaxing. Before a six or eight miles walk carrying heavy instruments. Mardi Gras parades are even longer. More like 12 miles. Think about this. Every brass band or marching band member should be among your heroes. Can you walk six to 12 miles carrying a 30-40 pound weight know as a tuba? Okay, okay. A Sousaphone.


  1. I love this photo! It captures the quiet energy of a “pre-event” set-up and for some reason I’ve always been interested in the work of stage crews and event planner. The calm and quiet before the energy of the performance is a terrific photo subject. I hope the storm isn’t more than your city can handle! Always hope that, actually.

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    1. Thank you. Normally, when I arrive at a parade, I greet other photographers and hang out a little. Lately, I’ve been saying hello and wandering around looking for quiet pictures. Storm wasn’t bad. Today we had had 70 degrees, blue skies and a gentle breeze. The dog parade was wonderful.


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