Thursday, February 7, 2013

Mardi Gras on the Gulf

Laissez les bons temps rouler, ya'all 

Let the good times roll...  it's Mardi Gras on the Gulf, and although we're not in New Orleans, the parties are everywhere.  We're only about an hour from Mobile Alabama, and about 2.5 hours from the New Orleans French Quarter, and every town of any size is rolling out their Krewes for parades and preparing for their balls or events.  Our local news here on the Gulf Islands National Seashore comes out of Mobile, and it seems there's a parade every day .

We'll be moving west on Saturday - right in the midst of the busiest weekend of the Celebration..... and trying to calculate how to avoid becoming trapped in the middle of someone's parade route.

this is the famous King Cake - truly the ugliest cake I've ever seen, and available everywhere.  If you've never had one, it's like a French pastry dough, covered in edible glitter, and has a baby hidden inside.  The person served the Baby gets to host next year's party.  Hope we'll be spending it here again.  Love this area.

Mobile is hosting several parades this week, including the Mystic Order of Time - complete with a dragon float that is very well known in the area/  The dragon is named ..Vernadean.

Seems appropriate, since this is also Chinese New Year - Happy Year of the Snake!

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