I grew up going to Mardi Gras parades, tons of them. Every. Single. Year. Both of my grandparents lived in uptown New Orleans, within walking distance of the parade route, which made it so easy! Now that we're suburbanites, it isn't as convenient, but we still have our favorite krewes and if the weather cooperates, we get out there in spite of the drive and lack of bathroom facilities. But this year is turning out to be different.
First of all, the other Mardi Gras aficionado of the family, Kevin, had a dental procedure on Thursday, and he hasn't been quite up to parade-watching. In fact, he has eaten very little in the last 3 days.
Then there's the weather forecast for Fat Tuesday, with highs in the 40's, and rain expected to turn the neutral ground on St. Charles Avenue into one big mud puddle. Wet and cold and muddy...no thank you!
So it looks like Mardi Gras Day will be spent at home. The last time I didn't venture out on the big day was in 1993, after the birth of my middle son...three days earlier. Yeah, I skipped that one too. ;)
Anyway, here's a layout with a photo from a previous Mardi Gras Day, one that was bright and sunny!
Laissez les bons temps rouler!