Welcome to another edition of Photo Friday! This week I’m taking a break from my See Mississippi series and the theme of my Project 52 to bring you photos from Mardi Gras in New Orleans.I’m also bringing you week three of my Photo Friday Fun link-up, so be sure submit your photo posts!
For three years in a row now, we’ve spent the Saturday before Mardi Gras on the corner of St. Charles and Common in New Orleans. One of Matt’s friends just so happened to marry into a New Orleans family, who has been on the same corner for the last 20 years. We are fortunate to be able to join them. This year was a bit subdued for me because my shoulder was killing me the entire time, which makes catching beads a bit of a challenge. Instead, I concentrated on taking pictures. Even that, though, was trying. I spent a lot of time sitting, but even that allowed me to take almost 500 photos.
Trying to narrow 500 photos down to images to post is an incredibly difficult task, but here are a few from the Krewe of Iris, the oldest all-female krewe.
Each krewe has a king and a queen, who then have a court of maids and dukes. Iris is a smaller krewe but they are adorned splendidly. In some of the larger krewes the headdresses and gowns are so heavy that the queens and maids are lashed into place. Because the parade routes are so long, many people are on their floats – waiting to roll or waiting to continue to roll or dealing with delays like flat tires or dead generators – for a minimum of 6 hours.
Let that sink in.
Six hours of standing, throwing, smiling, waving, wearing that dress and supporting that ruff or headdress. No wonder they lash them in place.
You never know what you’re going to see in a Mardi Gras parade. There is always some strangeness walking down the street, although in New Orleans you don’t need the excuse of Mardi Gras to see strangeness on the streets. There’s a reason why Jimmy Buffet talks about fruitcakes – the song may have been about Key West, but Jimmy spent a really, really long time in New Orleans.
And then there are the bands. God love the bands. They march the parade route and they stand around and wait. And wait. And wait. And wait. Hours on their feet. Hours and hours and hours of waiting. Bless them.
For us, though, outside of the spectacle, there are the friends and family and friends who are like family.
This week’s most viewed link again came from Kathy at You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out! Thank you for joining us, Kathy! I’m totally a You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out fangirl, so to have her sharing here with me is awesome. I love all the photos that are shared with us, though, and like I said last week – the quality of photos being shared makes me want to do better with my own photos. I can’t wait to see what y’all are going to share this week!
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