Mardi Gras 2012 has officially come and gone and it was a great day! Family and friends gathered at my older son’s house, which sits right on the parade route in the suburbs of New Orleans, yesterday for lots of good food, parades and Mardi Gras fun!
I’m sure that many of you may have never experienced Mardi Gras in New Orleans, or maybe even have a few pre-conceived notions that Mardi Gras isn’t exactly a family friendly atmosphere, and that’s understandable I guess, because a lot of what is reported nationwide about Mardi Gras is the very “adult” atmosphere in the French Quarter on Bourbon Street. The truth is though, for most locals, Mardi Gras is all about having a good time with family and friends!
We arrived at my son’s house at 8am yesterday morning and there were already thousands of families lining the streets. I spent the next 3 hours or so inside my son’s house cooking jambalaya, gumbo and potato salad, while a group of the men there were outside boiling shrimp, frying chicken and grilling hamburgers and hot dogs.
When I was finally done cooking I stepped outside to visit with family and friends and to take a few pics. Above is the scene in front of my son’s house about an hour before the parades started..
..and oh my gosh.. I found Waldo!
I have no idea who these people are, but this was a nice family who were celebrating Mardi Gras in front of my son’s house. Is it strange that New Orleanians don’t give a second thought to seeing a perfectly straight family man in a dress on Mardi Gras? lol
The best Mardi Gras costume I saw all day was my sons 6 year old nephew, Jude. If you’re not from the New Orleans area then you probably have no idea what a 610 Stomper is, but trust me, this was a GREAT costume! Also pictured is my son’s 5 year old little girl, Bonnie! The kids had a blast!
Woohoo! The parades are starting!
The Budweiser Clydesdale horses are HUGE animals!
Throw me something, mister!
About 4 hours later the parades were over and the tree in front of my son’s house had caught lots of Mardi Gras beads!
Sheesh, parade-goers sure leave a mess!
One hour later all of the parade watchers were gone, the streets were perfectly clean and Mardi Gras 2012 was over! What a great day it was and I was blessed to be able to spend it with my children, family and friends!