Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Let’s Get the Party Started!

Mardi Gras parades started in earnest this past weekend. The biggest and best parades start tomorrow (Thursday), when festivities become pretty much non-stop through Fat Tuesday. Today I feel like I’m eight years old again with Christmas just days away, but instead of being a kid waiting for presents from Santa Claus, as grown-ups we’re waiting for the one occasion where its acceptable to dress up in a costume and gallivant around in public with thousands of other revelers.

This is NOT to be confused with the tens of thousands of tourists who will be getting drunk on Tuesday on Bourbon Street but not while costumed. The locals do Mardi Gras differently, but that’s rarely covered in the brief news spots that the rest of the country sees. I guess its something that has to be experienced to be understood. BUT these short videos I made on Mardi Gras 2007 give a taste of what we locals do. This first one is an informal marching group that heads down to the French Quarter each year:

and this is a quick shot of Frenchman street later that same day:

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