|Jack with Mardi Gras beads|
Listened and watched the news about Mardi Gras in New Orleans last night. Apparently it was cold, but sunny - so turned out fairly nice for the merry-makers. My cousin said she'd gone to the parades earlier in the week, but stayed home Mardi Gras Day... too cold.
We never missed Mardi Gras when I was growing up. Mom and Dad took us to the parades and although we avoided the downtown area (a bit too crowded for kids - with people drinking and acting wild), we did shout the "throw me something, mister!" at the costumed people on the floats and were rewarded with tons of beads and junk! These were usually *day parades*. As far as I can remember we only attended one night parade and the crazy people tossing fiery torches high into the air as they marched discouraged my mom from ever taking us again.
When we were in college, we attended in groups... usually roping ourselves together in the crowded downtown area. It was fun... no incidents that I recall. Lots of great music, food, and drink! And some really crazy costumes! By that time, Mom and Dad had joined a Mardi Gras Club and were on their own float... dressed up and throwing Mardi Gras beads to the masses.
And today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. So it goes...
Nothing else today to report. Still playing around with my little clay critters. Here's a few more pics:
|orange kitty - under-glazed but not fired|
|sleepy kitty (a work in progress...)|
Have a wonderful rest of the week!