"Laissez les bons temps rouler!"
Cajun French for "Let the good times roll!"
A Mardi Gras battle cry, I guess one could call it.
Gown - RecycledRockstah, Etsy
Chemise- Ohana Sewing, Etsy
Hat - WinterMute42, Ebay
Glasses & Necklace -Wally's Party Factory
Saturday afternoon me and my crew marched in Texarkana's second ever Mardi Gras parade. Dressed in traditional Mardi Gras colors (green, purple and gold) and loaded up with beads, we rocked the parade scene again.
The parade was a lot longer than expected with a few thousand more people that we thought would show up so we all ran out of throwing beads halfway through the parade.
If you've ever been to a Mardi Gras parade, then you would know that running out of beads is a crime.....
Adults and children screamed and BEGGED for those cheap plastic beads. It was so strange! "BEADS! BEADS!" they cried. Their fervor was almost disturbing.
Our friends from Middlefaire Renaissance Festival in Hillboro, TX joined us too!
Since my husband had camera AND baby duty, he wasn't able to get many photos, but here are 8/100 of the other parade entries. The parade theme was Superheros... again...
This isn't anything like what you'll see in New Orleans. There, they prepare for Mardi Gras all year. Here, it's just another parade and everyone's still pretty new to the concept.
And here's River with some beads Daddy caught for him. He kind of looks like he's not happy with his small collection.
After I handed out 100 flyers for the faire and pimped the event to potential vendors, I treated myself to a nutritious dinner of funnel cake and a corn dog.
If you're unfamiliar with funnel cake, it's just a giant swirly deep fried doughnut covered in an inch-thick layer of powdered sugar. The best dang thing in the world.
On our way out, we stopped at this vendor to pick up two pounds of delicious Cajun crawfish for dinner. You can't have Mardi Gras without crawfish*!
I think the proper term for this little bugger is "crayfish". Here in the South, they're "crawfish", "crawdads" or "mudbugs". They're boiled in a spicy Cajun mix and are almost always served with potatoes and corn on the cob that have been cooked with the crawfish.
So that was my Mardi Gras weekend.
Did you all go to any Mardi Gras festivities this weekend?