…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.
First off, I would like to throw my picks for the Oscars out there; if you like ’em you can take ’em, if you don’t you can throw them right back. I’m not picking in every category because there’s a few things I feel that I’m not informed enough to choose. Here we go:
Best Picture: Avatar
Best Actress: Sandra Bullock, the Blind Side
Best Supporting Actress: Mo’nique, Precious
Best Animated Film: Coraline
Best Adapted Screenplay: District 9
Best Makeup: Star Trek (in that they hit the original really well)
Best Film Editing: Avatar (didn’t it take Cameron like 4 years to edit all that film? That’s dedication.)
If you don’t like my picks, print out your own ballot and vote before watching this Sunday!
On a side note, I thought it was interesting that the Princess and the Frog has two songs up for “Best Original Song.” I’m not an avid Oscar watcher – in fact this will probably be the first year I’ll watch them all the way through – but I’m wondering, does this happen often? Or is this something special? Either way, I need to see this movie.
Backing up a little – let me tell you why I’ll be watching the whole show this year. The Prytania Theatre near my house is showing them on the big screen and for $25 you get to join the fun with a bunch of locals, fill out your mock ballots, eat and be merry!
B-52s at aMUSEment
I am so glad that I joined the Krewe of Muses. I was told that it was the most unique, diverse all-women krewe – and it is.
The aMUSEment party was amazing: free drinks, good food and the B-52s. It was also another chance to see all of the floats since the parade was postponed until the following night due to sleet.
The down side was that we had to run through freezing rain to get there. Still worth it.
Long story short: awesome party, totally worth the money.