S: Sg & Lg - Louisiana Style
FC: Celebrating Carnival 2011
1: Headed Out | Wednesday, February 23rd: We headed to the ranch to drop the pups off with their grand parents and enjoyed a nice evening visiting and eating Cooper's BBQ - yum!
2: Barbara & Bryan offered to watch Dexter and "Zeauxie" while we went to New Orleans. They have never been left with anyone before. You can tell they are in great hands! | Grams getting some love
3: Headed to | Lafayette | Thursday | From the ranch we had a 7 1/2 hour drive
4: We stayed in Lafayette 2/24/11 | See the guns in the bridge?
5: Prejean's (pray-shawns) was a fantastic seafood restaurant where we had fried gator, craw fish enchiladas (their signature dish), shrimp gumbo & more! Afterwards we hit the casino where Sg got lucky on the Wheel of Fortune quarter slots. The four cent voucher was from Lana's lack of luck.
6: Friday | Heading in to New Orleans to celebrate Carnival | The Superdome
7: Craw fish farms | Swamp lands | LA has "parishes" not "cities" | NO was 2+ hours from Lafayette
8: First stop...a quick check in at the Hilton hotel on Poydras then straight to Jackson square's Cafe Du Monde for Beignets. Not one order, but two!!! | Mmmmmmmm
9: Local talent in Jackson Square
10: We saw Zeauxie's twin brother! | "Mardi Gras" means "Fat Tuesday". Carnival refers the the season celebration leading up to Mardi Gras
11: Tons of Police!
13: Parade on Canal Friday night | Bobby Keith, Caci, Ed, Monica, Lana, Sterling
14: Canal Street
15: Bobby Keith and his two pitcher slushie
16: The roads were blocked off so these people had to walk to their hotel. Poor guy on crutches even had to carry his own bags.
17: BK catches a pipe, Ed caught a bobble head and Sg caught a sword and a fish aka "sword fish" | ~ Treasures ~
18: Bourbon St | Johnny, BK, Ed, Sterling, Caci, Monica, Gina, Lana, London
19: Bourbon Street
20: The crowds of Bourbon Street
22: Gina riding the mechanical "whale" | Celebrating Gina's 40th birthday | Whale Rides
23: London | The Beach
24: On our hotel deck
25: Nice Feathers!
26: Lana bought feathers and a hat and made a Mardi Gras celebration piece | Lana
28: Carnival brings in over $1B to New Orleans each year. The city does not coordinate any events, they are all coordinated by non profit krewe’s | Goofing Around, about to head to Metairie
30: The family headed down to Metairie to watch the Ceasar parade. The Metairie area was the best! Lots of beads and lots of fun! | Sterling, Cindy, London, Johnny, Ed, Monica, Sharon
31: King cake to celebrate Bobby Keith's and Gina's birthday's
32: The Ceasar Parade on Metairie
33: This float was tossing "doubloons". Doubloons are large coins, either wood or metal, made in Mardi Gras colors. According to the krewe history, in January 1959 Sharpe arrived at the offices of the captain of the krewe with a handful of aluminum discs. Upon entering the office, he threw the doubloons into the captain's face to prove that they would be safe to throw from the floats. Standard krewe doubloons usually portray the Krewe's emblem, name, and founding date on one side, and the theme and year of the parade and ball on the other side. Royalty and members of the court may throw specialty doubloons, such as the special Riding Lieutenant doubloons given out by men on horseback in the Rex parade. In the last decade, krewes have minted doubloons specific to each float. Krewes also mint special doubloons of cloisonné or pure silver for its members. They never throw these from the floats. Original Rex doubloons are valuable, but it is nearly impossible for aficionados to find a certified original doubloon. The School of Design did not begin dating their doubloons until a few years after their introduction.
34: Since the 1870s, many objects have been tossed from floats, including the collectible aluminum doubloons, plastic cups, candy and Frisbees. But in the 1880s, Rex krewe began throwing inexpensive glass beads on strings to parade goers. Koerner writes that the first to toss beads was a man dressed as Santa Claus. The beads were an instant hit and were soon adopted by all krewes to throw in their parades. The first beads were all purple, green, and gold, but today you can find them in all colors and featuring almost anything you can imagine: sports teams, food, flowers, rainbows, animals, smiley faces. Some beads even have flashing lights. Mardi Gras is a big business for New Orleans, and krewe members each spend $800 to $2,000 on throws every year.
36: The Storm Troopers from the Star Wars float. Lana caught glass beads from this float...rare!
37: Lana & all of her beads. Sterling scored the theatre mask beads. | After the Ceasar parade, Cindy, Sharon, Judy, Hunter, Johnny, London, Sterling & Lana went to eat more amazing food: craw fish etouffee, calamari, po boys, stuffed shrimp and more.
38: Sterling & Lana ran in to the Zulu krewe back at the hotel. The two main Mardi Gras Day parades, Zulu and Rex, are both social club parades. Zulu is a mostly an African-American club and Rex is mostly Caucasian. | Saturday Night | Zulu
39: Some of the places we ate included the world famous, Mother's, where we had shrimp gumbo and Deanie's where we had blackened red fish and BBQ shrimp.
40: The terms "Mardi Gras”, "Mardi Gras season", and "Carnival season" refer to events of the Carnival celebrations, beginning on or after Epiphany and ending on the day before Ash Wednesday. Mardi Gras is French for "Fat Tuesday", referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which started on Ash Wednesday.
42: Sterling got this citation on Bourbon Street Friday morning.