About a year ago, I signed up to be a part of the Clever Cookie School of Blog, and since then I’ve gotten to be good blogging friends with some incredible bloggers from around the world. Each month on the 10th, some of us form a 10 on 10 photography circle. We share 10 photos (occasionally more – my bad!) from our life – a day of our life, generally – and one of us link to another. Our visitors have the opportunity to make their way around the circle. Some of you may have made your way here from Shannon at Forty Up, and if so WELCOME! Others of you will leave me and head on off to visit with Lauren at Life at Number Five. I hope you enjoy!
This post goes live on Fat Tuesday – better known as Mardi Gras. At the very moment that the post is published, I’ll actually be on a parade route, snapping away while trying to catch beads and keep from spilling my drink. One of the awesome things about living here on the Coast is that the world kinda shuts down for Mardi Gras. The government shuts down; schools are out (I’m only off for 2 days; Sweet Husband is off for three; a friend who lives in New Orleans has the entire week off). There are lots of parades that happen outside of New Orleans (& Mobile!), and some of them are endearingly sweet – like the parade that rolled through Bay St. Louis Monday night.
The parade was sponsored by the Krewe of the Mystic Seahorse, so called to celebrate Bay St. Louis’s contributions to the Battle of New Orleans and to honor the men of the U.S.S. Seahorse among other valiant vessels. Many of the parade participants and the “floats” featured nautical or seahorse/mermaid or pirate themes, although the theme for the parade was “Bars of the Past” – to honor the infamous watering holes that no longer exist in the Bay.
Like any good Mardi Gras parade, there were kings and queens and themed throws.
The unique feature of this parade was that almost every “float” was a decorated golf cart! Lots of people here in the South own some sort of golf cart/ATV/4-Wheeler, but Bay St. Louis is one of those oddities where people actually use their golf carts on the streets like regular vehicles.
There were some incredibly decorated and decked-out carts rolling by. Because this is a small parade, it was very easy to get close to the riders and because there weren’t a lot of people along the route, there were plenty of throws to be collected. We attended with friends, whose mother was riding in the parade, and they were walking right up next to folks, the parade even pausing at points as old friends briefly caught up.,
As it got later, things got more beautiful in its crazy, delightful way.
Events like this parade, Second Saturday, and the Bay Harbor Bridge Fest make Bay St. Louis such a wonderful place to visit and enjoy a good time.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed the Bay St. Louis parade as much as we did. Even though it was chilly outside we had a great time.
I hope that you’re enjoying this photography circle! The object is to make your way around the circle until you wind up where you started. If you are starting here, that means that you will journey around the circle until you come back to me. You are going to head off to visit Lauren at Life at Number Five for some adorable photos of her sweet baby. Along the way stop and give us some comment love! You know how much bloggers love comments!