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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Mardi Gras Grardi Mas

You like my new specs? I'll be wearing them in the Mardi Gras parade this Saturday and then probably everyday for the next two weeks because they're awesome.
Me and my crew will be marching in our town's Mardi Gras parade. Decked out in our finest Renaissance duds and fun Mardi Gras accessories, we will throw beads in the parade and then later hand out flyers for the faire to all the thousands of people who will be there. It'll be a killer promo op and we're going to take advantage of it hardcore.
And there will be corn dogs and funnel cakes- and I will eat them....all.
I ordered 720 throwing beads direct from New Orleans and spent the afternoon removing them from little plastic bags and laying them out in these baskets very carefully so they won't get tangled. 
I would hate for some poor kid to get popped in the face by a wad of beads that got mangled up into a two-pound ball of plastic. I also metallic-fringed our banner and decorated the baskets and then sat around and did nothing for a few hours. 

 Because the baby bump is getting a little too bulgy, I'm going to wear my beige one-piece with some awesome add-ons. I realized today that the gown hasn't been cleaned since the last faire (I spilled coffee and soda on it and then got drenched in rain). It's filthy, the hem is tattered but it's comfy.
Here's proof of the beating this dress took at the faire last year.

If I take it to the cleaners now, there's no way I'll get it back in time for the parade. And besides, it's just going to get sweaty and more dirty at the parade anyway so there's really no point in worrying about it.
 We won this handsome 1st place trophy in the marching category of the Christmas parade, so hopefully we will add another trophy for this parade and start a nice collection of win tokens. 
This is my first time participating in any kind of Mardi Gras festivities. Mardi Gras isn't really a big deal in this area. In fact this is Texarkana's second Mardi Gras parade ever and that's as far as it goes.
What's Mardi Gras like where you live?


  1. It is my experience that dirty clothes are a regular part of Mardi Gras. In most parts of my town most people just act the same as every other day just with more beads. You are a very thoughtful bead tosser and a cutie pie to boot.

  2. We eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday - the Brits don't celebrate Mardi Gras so please take load of photos so I can live vicariously through you! x

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  3. Hehe, the image of a child being taken down by a flying ball of beads made me smile!

  4. Where did my comment go??? whaat? anyhoo, I'm looking forward to your awesome pics, sounds exciting x x x

  5. Yay! Have fun! Nobody celebrates Mardi Gras in New York, but I went to Nawlins a few years back and saw it first-hand. Wow. The Saints had just won the Superbowl and Drew Brees (their star player) was on a float tossing tiny footballs. It was an incredible party.

  6. That looks awesome! We don't celebrate Mardi Gras here in Jacksonville, Florida. Well, I personally don't anyway, there may be something going on I haven't seen yet.

  7. I can see that your sunglasses will be perfect with your Renaissance outfit, very historically accurate!

    I've never been to a Mardi Gras celebration, but I used to live in Seattle where they called it Fat Tuesday. All the bars in Pioneer Square would have music and encourage a lot of raucous behavior. I was far too much of a lady to be seen there.

  8. I think your pre soiled dress will be perfect Mardi Gras party attire. I love all the bright bits you are adding! I wonder if anyone will flash boobs at you :) I would....ok maybe, no I would:) We don't do anything but P town does go off.

  9. ^^ Krista lolzzzzz Have a blast and fuck washing the dress!

  10. Well that sounds like it's going to be a blast. I love your glasses. No Mardi Gras celebrations here either, so I'm looking forward to seeing any pictures you post.

  11. my friend who grew up in New Orleans has a Mardi Gras parade for dogs. She lives across from a park and all her friends who have dogs put costumes on the dogs and they parade around. This is the friend who rescued 7 dogs after Katrina and found them all homes. Someone will ordered King cake and we'll have that in the office.

  12. Not in Spain. I am not very keen on dressing up, I suppose I dess up every day, lol


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