If you couldn’t tell from my lack of posts, we pretty much steered clear of the Mardi Gras festivities until right before the big day.
It was kind of nice – our street was like a ghost town, too far away from a parade to provide parking. No loud base from our neighbors, no one taking our parking spots…overall it was quiet but nice.
Joan Jett at aMUSEment, 2012
But the weekend of Mardi Gras, my friend Stacey joined us once again and we hit the town. We started off with Muses and the aMUSEment party on Thursday. Joan Jett was amazing and the best entertainment yet.
On Friday, we headed to Avenue Pub to watch the parades. We watched there last year and it turned out well – this year was even better. We caught so many coveted light-up throws that we could barely carry them all home. The only downside is that we pretty much missed the biggest parade, Morpheus, but the parades were so behind schedule. We left at 11 p.m. and the Morpheus parade had just begun. For those of you who don’t know, it lasts well over an hour and we had been out since 5 p.m. screaming our heads off.
It rained and was gross all day on Saturday, but we headed to Rose Nails for a really nice and relaxing mani/pedi – after trying a few places on Maple Street that charged three times as much. We headed to Bourbon that night with some family.
On Sunday we headed to the French Market and had poboys with an excellent view on a Quarter balcony. Great way to wrap up the weekend.
We thought about going to the parades on Fat Tuesday, but after five straight years of Mardi Gras I was a little sick of parades. Maybe next year.
…not necessarily together.
Mardi Gras 2011
Mardi Gras is officially upon us here in the Big Easy. The first parade was last weekend (Krewe du Vieux) and the Muses had their float viewing party on Sunday.
We headed to Avenue Pub on Saturday instead of the parade because it looked like rain, and the last place in New Orleans you want to be when it’s raining is the French Quarter. I glittered some shoes yesterday for a friend riding in Muses and somehow managed to also edit the paper last night.
This weekend we may head to some Metairie parades, which I tend to like because they’re a lot more laid-back than parades in town. There is no pushing or waiting hours in advance for these week-before-MG parades. I usually get to the Clearview Mall about 40 minutes before the parades, waltz right out onto Veterans Memorial and have about 100 feet of roadside to myself. It’s a good warm up for the following weekend.
Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras 2011
Stacey will be coming in town again for the big parades in two weeks – Muses, Orpheus, Bacchus, etc. and for the aMUSEment party where Joan Jett will be performing next Thursday! I cannot wait to see her live; I really think she’s the perfect girl-power performer for the party. But my biggest point of interest in the coming weeks is that WILL FERRELL will be reigning over the Bacchus parade. I have waited a long time to see him – maybe I’ll get my chance next week.
And for once, I’m way ahead of the game for Valentine’s Day next week. I got Wesley something very sentimental and something very practical – they balance each other out I think.
After 13 parades, a weekend of nine people staying in our one-bedroom apartment and more drinking than I’ve done since I left Gainesville — I can no longer stand up and get crunk.
And unfortunately I have to agree with my friend Eric when he said, “If I never hear the phrase ‘Who Dat’ again it will be too soon.”
Despite being extremely exhausted, it was a great weekend and Carnival season.
I went to 13 parades: krewes of du Vieux, Excalibur, Atlas, Pontchartrain, Shangri-la, Hermes, d’Etat, Morpheus, Muses, Tucks, Endymion, Rex and Elks Orleans.
In the middle of all those was also the Saints’ Super Bowl win, the aMUSEment party and my nine friends.
My favorite parade by far was the Krewe of Muses. Now, I may be a little biased as a member, but as a professional trained in having objective opinions I have to say that they had the most unique floats and best and most diverse throws. My friend Stacey and I caught five shoes, a coveted horseshoe, great big beads and even some “blinkies.”