What's your favorite time of year?? For the average New Orleanian, it's Mardi Gras! It is definitely my favorite time of year. Since I have relocated to North Louisiana, it's been hard to get my Mardi Gras party on. I am feeling a little blue this year.
To dull the ache of missing the whole Mardi Gras season in NOLA, I had my first Mardi Gras party. Everyone enjoyed themselves. I believe I may make it an annual thing. I heard one of my friends say that it was fun and she wondered why more people in North Louisiana don't have them. I hope to see more people having them next season.
Back in the day, we hit as many parades and events leading up to Mardi Gras Day. The eve of Mardi Gras (Lundi Gras) was spent getting the final food preparations together for the big day. I would be making my infamous chicken salad among other things. After, attending the parades on Monday night, it's straight home to pack up the car and hit the sack. Normal roll out time is between 4am and 6am on Fat Tuesday! Yes, it's that serious! Got to get a good parking spot and a good spot to be camped out in all day.
For those who don't know, it is Catholics last day of extreme good timing before Lent begins. If you have never been to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, it really is the biggest free show on earth!
I must give props to Shreveport, La trying to have bigger and better Mardi Gras every year. This year, was very enjoyable. Even though there really aren’t any Fat Tuesday activities here on Tuesday. The Sunday before, is like Fat Tuesday.
The Highland Parade rolled this past Sunday. The Highland Parade is by far the most enjoyable and closest to home that I have found. We were invited to party with some cool folks this past Sunday. We really enjoyed their company. The weather was great! The floats where nice. There was even a few double deckers’! The parades are even having more bands, which is important!! Got have some music.
I do realized that as far my NOLA folk that has relocated across the country, I am fortunate to still be in the state of Louisiana. It affords me to still have a taste of Mardi Gras. As well as allows for quick trips home when I really need a fix.
I also have to thank Marilynn's Place Restaurant for a great Mardi Gras Bash yesterday evening. They had it going on. From live music to the boiled crawfish, right down to the Hot Air Balloon flying over the restaurant. The Hot Air Balloon had Mardi Gras colors on it.
Home is always home, but thank you Shreveport for making it a little easier being away from home!!