Thursday, February 14, 2013

Mardi Gras 2013

It was supposed to be a washout according to the weatherman, and I think the crowds were down because of their predictions. But the foul weather didn't materialize and Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans ended up being pretty darn nice, if but a bit overcast. Below are few of my favorite snaps:

Remember those replacement referees? They headed down to New Orleans hoping to work the Super Bowl.
Now that our "daily" newspaper is only printed three days a week, it's become the Some-Times Picayune!
New Orleans has its very own color palette, for example, K&B purple.
This family wins hands down for ingenuity. Their bead-dog costumes had to take weeks to put together. So cute!
The Rex floats are always stunning in design.
Kilts and bagpipes.
Another beautiful float in the Rex parade.
Emily and Kevin during a break in the parade.
A tree whose limbs are draped in beads makes a pretty backdrop for our photo.
And what do you do with all those beads after Mardi Gras is over? Here's an idea! A bead mosaic. Just gather up your colorful strands, decide on a design, cut them apart, and start gluing. Sounds easy enough, huh? Don't be fooled.


I helped Laura create this one as an assignment for one of her occupational therapy classes, and now I know why people sell these things for $75, $100, and up. Whew...it was hard and tedious work cutting and arranging all those little beads!


And yet, I want to do another one for myself...a gigantic mosaic for our family room...something really unique. Any ideas?

16 comments:

Paper Pile Kitten said...

Wonderful photos! Thank you for sharing! Oh, I wish that I could spend Mardi Gras in New Orleans at least once in my life. :)

Lisa Rukin Swift said...

Such a fun and colorful event. I love all of your photos and bead project! How about a monogram of sorts for your house? :)

Jennifer Grace said...

Ooh, amazing snaps! I like the bead-dog costumes, and the bead-draped tree! Plus your project is fabulous. I'd maybe do a sunrise/sunset one! x

Mary Jo Rhoda said...

Wow! Looks amazing!
That tree really did make a good backdrop for your photo :)
And glad you had good weather plus lower crowds. Always a good thing!

Mary Pat Siehl said...

Love the photos!

Danielle said...

Awesome photos! Love and miss the K&B purple! I am glad that the weather held up for all the parade go-ers.

Sue Althouse said...

That looks like so much fun, and your photos are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

Crystal said...

Thanks for shareing looks like lots of fun.

Susan Stringfellow said...

WOW! Just stunning really! You did a great job with the photos and I love the bead tree photo of you guys.

Margie H said...

Amazingly FUN pictures - thanks for sharing :) Don't have a clue on design but good luck to you - better you than me! LOL!!

Tracy said...

This looks like an awesome day!!!
I would never have thought to do this with the beads, so cool.

gale said...

Great pics! Mardi Gras looks like a lot of fun. Love your bead mosaic. I know we have some beads around here (gifts from family-we've never been to mardi gras). I should try that.

Katherine (sutty) said...

Oh wow those photos are amazing it looks like great fun and I am glad the weather was kind to you :)

Monique Liedtke said...

Really awesome photos!!! Looking at them makes me wish I had been there too!!

Tammy said...

These are great photos! I went to Mardi Gras in 1999 and still have tons of beads. It was quite the adventure. :)

Nathalie said...

What can I say, you guys just know how to party!!!!! :) Wish I could go to New Orleans for Mardi Gras once!