Tuesday, February 21, 2012

North Louisiana Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras in South Louisiana is different than Mardi Gras in North Louisiana. The differences are subtle - king cakes tastes less like king cake and more like a cinnamon roll, little kids scream over here! instead of throw me something, mister!, no one gets off work on Mardi Gras day, and the parades are a little less impressive. These pictures are from our big day-parade.

It starts with a band. Pretty standard, right? There were a few more, but this was the only marching band that had more than 5 members.

The band was followed by the Spam float, naturally.

"Hey, how can I find you during the parade?"
"Oh, I'll be on the float most likely to offend someone."

Continuing the processed meat and processed "meat" theme, this float threw freshly made hot dogs.

No sarcasm here - I was a fan of this float.  Moonbot Studios is an animation studio based here. I love seeing Moonbot stuff around town because I think they bring some creativity to a city that has such potential for a little more personality. Their animated short "The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore" is actually nominated for an Oscar this year.  Check it out here.              

           The aftermath of parades is the same in every part of Louisiana.

Don't get me wrong, it was a fun parade. I was with these guys, and we tend to have a pretty good time together. (And if you're really desperate, we do have drive-through daiquiri stands up here.)

Daniel Tosh has a joke in his stand up:

"Parade or fireworks -- which do you go to? Fireworks! Of course! I don't even have a joke for the moron that yells 'parade!'. Yeah, I would go to a parade. I'm here alone because I make horrible decisions. You don't even know when a parade's finished - you're like, 'oh, is that it?'"

I think Tosh needs to make a trip to Louisiana.  North Louisiana or South Louisiana, I'd pick a parade every time. 

(Oh, and there's a police car at the end. That's how you know.) 


  1. My homestate also puts on some pretty good parades...but I think I would have to go with fireworks!

  2. hahaha love that quote! I am not a fan of parades. maybe because my mom is european and never understood them and so she never took us to any, but the last parade I went to was one in St. Johns right outside of Portland and oh my... You would've thought you reverted back about 60 years. Yikes!!!

    1. Wow, I just googled the parade you're talking about - I think that would turn me off parades, too!

  3. What did the horribly racist float throw? Besides the middle finger to everyone?

    1. Nothing. They just sat there, being racist.

  4. drive through daiquiri stands? amazing!