The past month has been one of the most wonderful times of the year – Mardi Gras! I’ve been easing you in to our Mardi Gras celebrations the last few weeks, and this week’s Photo Friday takes you to New Orleans. However, we’re still going to be easing into the good times because for two parades, I somehow managed to take almost 700 photos…that because we have been Mardi Gras-ing it up and then had to head back to work, I haven’t had time to properly sort and edit them. So this week’s post takes you through the streets of New Orleans before the fun begins!
Just about every where in New Orleans decorates for Mardi Gras. Come to think of it, so do most places here on the Gulf Coast. We didn’t because I have an adorable Valentine’s wreath that has to go on the door. I loved these shrubs outside of the Hotel Monteleone (side note – the have a bar that is an actual carousel. I need to get there at a time when I can have a seat and drink a Sazerac as it goes around).
When I say everyone in New Orleans decorates, EVERYONE decorates, including the police department.
No, those aren’t just left-over Christmas decorations, a tree that somehow missed being removed after the holiday purge. It’s a beautifully perfect Mardi Gras tree. You can tell the difference because this tree only has green, gold, and purple ornaments!
There’s not much that is more lovely than a New Orleans decorated balcony. I’ve said many times that one of my huge life dreams is to live and write and photograph in New Orleans,, to have a gorgeous balcony to live and love on. How can you not be happy standing on one of those balconies? And to watch a parade roll by? Even better!
The above photo was shot through a barred window. Because Mardi Gras isn’t just a big deal in New Orleans – it’s THE deal in New Orleans – many places aren’t actually open.
One of the things that many people don’t realize about Mardi Gras in New Orleans is that it is really a family affair. I had to explain to my students – who live an hour from New Orleans but many of whom have never been there – that that wild, crazy stuff you see on the television only happens in the French Quarter. What happens out on the parade routes is generations of friends and family coming together for a really good time.
I’ve loved the Mardi Gras ladders since the first time I saw them, so when I saw them on my walk, all beautifully lined up, I had to capture them.
Those are actually the backs of the ladders, The children sit in the seats with a bar across their laps. It gives them added height and security, which allows the littles to more easily catch he beads, toys, and dubloons that get thrown their way. Plus you, with your little secure in the ladder, you don’t have to worry about them being stomped on by the folks who will be pushing forward to get into your spot.
And of course, I was in New Orleans with my own family. Next year we will be adding a tiny person to the crew because our friend Shelby, who’s family has been on the corner of St. Charles and Common for more than 20 years, is due any day now.
Stay tuned for photos from the Krewes of Iris and Tucks!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this New Orleans Mardi Gras preview on Photo Friday. As I said – it’s one of my most favorite times of the year!
Photo Friday Link-Up
Welcome back to the Photo Friday link-up! I’m so excited to see what all you have for us this week! Last week was our one year anniversary and on our anniversary, we had the most ever participants! I haven’t had an opportunity to get to all of last week’s folks, but I know that y’all are awesome.
To celebrate our first anniversary, there was a give-away for a custom camera strap and a memory card. We had over 100 entries in the give-away! Can y’all believe that our little community has grown that much? It’s hard for me to believe. The winner of the give-away is Aditi’s Pen who took us to the Cotswolds for her Photo Friday entry last week. Look for an email from me so I can get an address to ship your gift to!
Our most viewed link came from Stephanie at Behind the Camera and Dreaming, featuring her 52 Weeks Project and her sweet puppy Ari.
The last entered link came from Sarah at 2 Paws Design, featuring her 52 Weeks Project and her baby at the park. If you missed any of the later links (like I did!) you’ll want to make sure you check them out now!
Without further ado, it’s time for this week’s link-up! As always, I can’t wait to see what you have for us!