Friday, February 1, 2008

Our best Mardi Gras Parade ever!

Well, Orpheus rolled tonight on the northshore and we had a grand time!

We met up with friends at 5:45pm just before the roads closed at my hubby's office which is right on the parade route. We had the traditional Popeye's chicken (which I waited in the drive-thru for 30 mintues to get!), coleslaw, mashed potatoes, red beans and rice, honey baked ham, bean dip, cornbeef rollups and of course King Cake from no where else but Nonna Randazzo's!

This year we caught the parade from a midpoint rather than the beginning or the end of the route and let me tell you we got some loot. We were with 2 other families and had a great spot on the West Causeway Approach. Just our family alone collected 4 moon pies (which we have never caught at a parade before), 12 stuffed animals, 4 footballs, 1 rotating sucker, 1 wind sock, 1 Indian spear and 1 bat and ball set. And all the ladies got great mardi gras braclets. And one mom who was visiting form MN and with us got a great Mardi Gras Boa! The mound of beads we caught was incredible and the quality of beads blew our minds! The Orpheus guys were much more generous than the ladies of the Krewe of Eve. For Eve we walked away with a shopping bag only a quarter the way full of beads, 1 rose and a toy. Tonight it was different! We had my son's stroller and it was so loaded with just our families stuff we couldn't put him back in it to stroll him back to our car!

Here are some pics to enjoy!

Some of my favorite beads we caught:

Laissez bon temps roule!


Wendy said...

Dude, I want that Fleur de lis and last bead.

Nola ( said...

Sounds like a really good time! They don't do the moonpies so much at the uptown parades.

The boa looks like it had a good time, too!