It's an old, old saying, but it bears repeating.
To most of the world, yesterday was Tuesday. In New Orleans, it was Mardi Gras! In most of the world, people went through their normal weekday routine. They may have work a colorful tie to the office, or had a little party after work. But they went to the office, they went to work.
Here's the whole city was one big party.
I was again a guest of the Krewe of Pirates, the New Orleans group that parades through the crowded streets of the French Quarter and the surrounding area, pushing the pirate ship over the cobble stones, firing the bead cannon into the crowd. (Although the bead cannon was a little disappointing this year, lot of misfires. I think we need cannon Viagra.)
It was a great time. I learned a couple of important lessons the last time I went with the KoP. You can read about it here, here and here.
One – I got some gel insoles for my boots. In 2013, by the time we got back my feet hurt so badly I could barely walk. The insoles made all the difference. My legs are sore, and my toes were sore, but the soles of my feet were fine.
Two – There is NO place to go to the bathroom when you're out on the streets. No place. The bars and restaurants all have "Restroom for Patrons Only" signs up and they mean it. I spied one bank of portapotties, but the line was as long as most parades. When we got back to our starting point two years ago, I was practically doubled over from the bladder pressure, and I swear, I timed it and it took a full two minutes to pee.
So this year I did not drink my usual half a pot of coffee in the morning, and I stayed away from the beer and champagne. I drank rum from my flask, and I nipped at it, no guzzling. It felt SO much better.
So I had a great time. A GREAT time. Met some terrific pirates I'm proud to call brother. Reconnected with the boys from the Whiskey Bay Rovers, a group of maritime musicians from Lafayette, La., and great guys.They were along for the ride, and sang a tune at the bar.
Tori couldn't come along this time. Max is in the EJHS band and they were marching in the Krewe of Argus parade in Metairie (you wouldn't believe how many parades they have during Mardi Gras – about 30, I think) and Tori went along as one of the parent chaperones. She walked 6.2 miles keeping the crowds away from the kids and making sure they kids got water when needed. I only walked 3.7 miles, albeit pushing a pirate ship, and I got rum! I win.
You can see a video of the fun here.
As always, thanks to Charles Duffy and all the members of the Krewe of Pirates. It was a rollicking good time and I was delighted to be asked aboard. Now for some pix.
|Eric of the Whiskey Bay Rovers|
|Manning the bead cannon.|
|Irish, a captain of the Krewe of Pirates.|
|Yeah, that's exactly what it looks like.|
|Pirates on the prowl!|
|Steve of the Whiskey Bay Rovers.|
|Ol' Chumbucket flanked by Jared and Steve of the WBR.|
|Irish – A big man full of love – and rum.|
|A pirate from Tampa – the home of Gasparilla.|
|Charles Duffy, master of the fleet of KoP.|
|Not sure what this is supposed to be.|
|All sorts of costumes take the streets.|
|The streets become on big party!|
|Mardi Gras is for everyone!|
|Dodging a cannon shot of beads.|
|There's quite a lot of canonical costumes.|
|This guy's suit could have come from my own closet.|
|My favorite shot of the day – love the "Praise Cheeses" sign.|
|Irish's buddy, Shane.|
|A small group of Christians rally each year in front of the cathedral, |
trying to convince revelers to change their ways. Fat chance.
|Gandalf the Gray finds that he cannot pass.|