Welcome to another Photo Friday! The first week of March has come and gone but I’m still stuck in February and Mardi Gras. There is always so much to see and enjoy during Carnival and I take so many pictures that it is difficult to let it go. No worries, though, after this week, I’ll be dragging the camera out and getting some shots of spring along the Coast. Until next year, these will be the last Mardi Gras photos.
A moment of silence, please.
With this final set of photos, I’m mostly bringing you the floats that roll during the Krewe of Tucks parade. One of the things to know about a Mardi Gras parade – at least the big ones in New Orleans – is that they have a theme. The theme for Iris this year was Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, and for Tucks, it was Tucks Visits the Hood with each float representing a neighborhood in or around New Orleans.
One of the huge industries in Louisiana is seafood and specifically Gulf Shrimp. The white shrimp boot is iconic, and shrimp season is a big deal, as is oyster season and crawfish season.
Oil and gas is huge in Louisiana, too, with many people making very good livings by working on an off-shore drilling rig or in a refinery. As the global price of oil has decreased, Louisiana has taken a huge hit. In fact, for various reasons, the state of Louisiana is facing a $2 BILLION budget short-fall, placing everything from education to public safety services in jeopardy.
One of the icons of Bourbon Street was Big Daddy’s…a “gentaleman’s club” with a window that featured women’s legs swinging in and out. Particularly on Bourbon Street, there are a plethora of strip clubs – some of them more “classy” and “elegant” than others. It’s always interesting to me to see parents dragging their children down Bourbon Street. While there are parts of New Orleans…and even parts of the French Quarter…that are extremely kid-friendly, Bourbon Street isn’t one of them. And even in the 15 years that have passed since I first made my way onto Bourbon Street, it has changed appreciably. It’s a seedier, dirtier place. One that I do enjoy now and again, but one that is block after block of adult entertainment and cheap t-shirts.
Irish Channel and Irish Bayou are other iconic New Orleans locations. At one point in time, New Orleans had the largest Irish populations in the South. Apparently, the working digging canals in New Orleans was so dangerous that slave owners wouldn’t risk their valuable property, i.e., their black slaves, in the endeavor so Irish immigrants were hired for the work.
And of course there is New Orleans’ musical history. One of the greatest things about New Orleans is her music – from more contemporary Harry Connick Jr to old school jazz icon Louis Armstrong.
To wind things up, there’s just a reminder that New Orleans is all about the party and a good time.
Because I couldn’t help myself, I’ve got just a few more images of the characters that are a part of a Mardi Gras parade.
I hope enjoyed our last Mardi Gras hurrah for 2016. Next year’s Mardi Gras seems like an eternity away, but it will be here before we know it. I can’t wait to experience it all again!
Welcome to another edition of the Photo Friday link-up! I feel like I’m about to come up for air with a light at the end of the tunnel of this IEP season. I’ve missed getting to share your work and actually see it. I appreciate ya’ll hanging in there with me and taking care of each other. Last week was another banner week in terms of participants and hat is due to y’all and this community that you have built.
Last week’s most viewed link came from Becky of Trekking with Becky who took us to Hawaii (I’ll be headed there this summer and I can’t wait to take some of those same photos myself).
Our last added link came from Patrick at Adventures in Weseland who took us to a Golden State Warriors NBA Game. If you missed it, go check it out along with some of the links added later in the weekend. There is always some great work shared at the end of the link-up, and if you aren’t check back, you’re missing out!
Without any further ado, I can’t wait to see what you have for us this week! As always, thank you for joining us!