This is the third round of photos from Mardi Gras. I took a little over 300 pictures during our Saturday of merry-making as the parades rolled by at the corner of St. Charles and Commons in the CBD in New Orleans. I’ve winnowed those down to less than 100 that I think are worthy of being shared, and there are probably more like about 70 that I’ve been sharing or will be sharing with y’all. The first set was two weeks ago and then there was last week’s. Next week will be my last set of Mardi Gras photos.
This week is all about the bands. Mardi Gras is a great time for the spectators and I suspect that is is a wonderful time for all the folks who are riding in floats as well. Particularly for those who are indulging in some alcoholic beverages to help themselves along. But from what I gather, Mardi Gras can be a grueling experience for the bands. Most bands who come to parade at Mardi Gras will be in several parades over the course of a weekend. The parade routes are long. And it’s made longer by the fact that there are all kinds of unexplained and what often seem random stops and starts. A pause in the action can last anywhere from 2 minutes to 30.
Parents march along side the bands and the flag girls, carrying water. They are rushing in front of them, sweeping errant beads out of the way as quickly as they can so that no one rolls a foot on a string of cheap plastic and falls. Support trucks roll behind them, carrying more water and the fallen, who generally look dazed and confused, slightly out of it.
It’s serious business. And deserves a set of photos all its own. Enjoy!