A while back, I signed up for a blogging course, 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. Our circle contracts and expands. This month we have contracted. 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. Cathy at Peregrination Gourmande is my partner in crime this month as there are just two of us. We hope you enjoy!
Was Mardi Gras really only a week or so ago? It feels like time has entered warp speed and I’m desperately trying to catch up…but can’t. This month for 10 on 10 and this week for Photo Friday, we head back to New Orleans and the Krewe of Iris for another series of photos from one of my favorite Mardi Gras parades.
As I put the finishing touches on this post, we were celebrating International Women’s Day, and I thought it might be nice to have this week’s photos, for the most part, focus on the women of the parades. One of the things that always amazes me about the parades are the bands that march in them. I spent a semester in marching band in high school and about thought that I was going to die. Marching in relatively comfortable shoes was tolerable, but I can’t imagine doing it in go-go boots like most of the young women in the flag and dance corps do. None of that looks comfortable, but for the most part the young ladies appear to be enjoying themselves. Some of those smiles are radiant.
The other thing that strikes me is always the support crew (krewe is perhaps more appropriate given the subject) that marches side-by-side with their students and or children. Shoulder-to-shoulder with their kids, they hurry-up-and-wait just like the band students. They’re carrying loads of water and supplies and watching out for hazards along the route. Many of them will even bend down to scoop up that prized throw you didn’t quite catch and hand it to you if you ask them.
It takes a lot to make for a successful parade. It’s not all just marching bands and fabulous costumes. I’ll be honest, I love the royalty floats. The costumes and by the support that wearing those costumes entails fascinates me. I don’t think that wearing one is ever something I want to do, but I sure do enjoy looking at them. I hope that you enjoy Iris in this week’s Photo Friday.
(Those girls were smart to wear long sleeves under their uniform. The wind was whipping through the Central Business District in New Orleans making it a pretty chilly day)
Of course, now it is time to pop over and visit with my friend Cathy who is taking us on a gorgeous vacation escape to the Seychelles! Make sure you give her some love since we are so small this month. I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s Photo Friday and are looking forward to more Mardi Gras pictures next week!
Photo Friday Link-Up
Welcome to another edition of the Photo Friday link-up! I’m so glad that you are all here with us this week, and I’m excited to see what you have for us.
Last week our most viewed link came from Buckeroo Mama who took us to Lee Tung Avenue in Hong Kong.
Our final link was from Shiju Sugunan at Cranium Bolts who took us for a fabulous dinner. As always, if you missed some of the posts that were added after you entered the link-up, consider heading back over for a gander!
I can’t wait to see what you have for us this week! Remember – visit two other participants and leave them a comment!