Better late than never, right!? This week last year we were in Monroe for Hazel's baby blessing, but this year we stayed around for all of the festivities! Mardi Gras has officially made it to my top 3 holidays. It more than just BEADS...I mean we definitely got our fare share of them. Just look at the boys and their beads from the Tuesday parades. The parades actually start like a month before, but most are the week of. Orum thought he was so cool because he got a giant necklace and a fleur de lis necklace!It's beautiful FLOATS...that are adorned with real gold! I love the beads dripping from the trees and all the people with their hands up yelling, "throw me something mister!"
LADDER SEATS--which Hazel decided made a good bed. She actually slept sitting up in it through the loudest parade ever the night before! I painted ours metallic gold with a black fleur de lis on the back. I'm thinking about covering it all in beads for next year.
That's our church in the left corner--so convenient for parking and for setting up camp! We had such a great "little" spot! Little--as in the size of 2 tarps. We had a table with the food, a little picnic table for the children, camping chairs surrounding the perimeter and our ladders along the street. I will take the credit for claiming the spot, but Orum and a couple of his friends camped out after Monday night's parades to keep it for Tuesday's. Personally, I think it would have been just fine unmanned, but they insisted.
It's GOLD STRETCHY PANTS! Lora's costume was very low key. I didn't take any pictures of the ones I saw, but I should have! People walk along the streets between the parades, but I wasn't fast enough to
It's KING CAKE BABIES! Only Elijah would And SHOES! My favorite krewe, MUSES, is all women. Their coveted throw is a shoe! I caught the saints one last year, and a lady threw the LSU one to Renée this year! It needs another coat or two of glitter, but she was SO excited! She was holding up a little shoe while yelling for one. A lady saw her and reached down to get this little one just for her! They all decorate and throw their own. I'm sure she was saving it for the cutest little girl she saw :)oh, and then there's HATS! Yes, that's right...Reggie Bush threw me a signed super bowl hat! Elijah was NOT happy that I wouldn't let him have it. I know, mean mom. I'm putting it with the beads that Drew threw me the week before :) I guess the players were just drawn to our saints ladder seat!And to get all that...we had to get all this too...ahhhh...the junk. Now to make it all disappear.If only it were as easy as cleaning the streets...unfortunately there are 3 little pairs of hands that keep claiming stuff as theirs. Stuff that they must have because it's their favorite. and they can't live without it.