Saturday, February 9, 2013

University of New Orleans
Campus RV Park

Another great day, another bus ride to downtown and then a River Boat and lunch cruise down the Mississippi River.  We had catfish, Red Beans and Rice along with Jambalaya, Okra, coleslaw and the best Bloody Mary I have ever had.  Everything was sooooo very good.

Firing up the organ (don't know the real name)

It was a little chilly outside but not bad, it was a nice boat ride.

One of the street mimes, this guy was really good, there is a little stuffed dog at the end of the leash that didn't make it into the picture.

 He can stay in this pose for a really long time.
 He even talked without moving his lips
he was waiting for everyone when we got off the boat.

Cigar Factory

The starting of another parade this one is the Endymion and we are at the start of the parade.  This is the longest of the parades and one of the oldest.  Some of the floats are two and three trailers, up to 350 feet.

Many people bring ladders.  The ladders are suppose to be back off the street equal to the height of the ladder. This 6 ft ladder should be six feet from the edge of the street.

This ladder has wheels on top so you can pull it, but is also has a seat on top for one or two kids.  Now how clever is that.

 Waiting to get loaded up with all their riders

We are in a beautiful park like setting with enormous trees.

Finally a fairly decent picture of the light carriers.  Each parade has a couple dozen or so.  Years ago each parade had 100's of them, this was the only way the parade was lit up.  Now it's just a way to keep up the traditions.

Everyone has hands up to catch the beads.

There was lots of slightly muddy areas so I had to get out my new rubber boots.  I got these at Costco last August and have had to use them several times.  Sure glad I had them.

The streets had a sea of empty plastic bags from where the floats were being prepared for the route.  All the bags were from all the beads and trinkets.

By tomorrow morning the streets and grassy area here will be clean and you will not be able to tell there was this mess.

A good end to a great day in New Orleans.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.
Be safe


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