Friday Thoughts – Mardi Gras Edition

First of all, thank you all for your sweet comments on yesterday’s post. They definitely made a dreary day a little sunnier.

Secondly… it’s Friday! It’s not just any Friday, either… it’s the Friday before Mardi Gras!!!! You know what that means? It means I get to show up at work like this…

So, in case you don’t know… Mardi Gras is kind of a big deal in New Orleans. For the last 2 weeks, there have been like a bajillion parades; honestly, we don’t go to too many because we have little kids and parading is a lot of work when you have little ones. The parades are put on by different “krewes”, aka groups of people that have paid a lot of money to get to ride on a float and throw stuff at people.

The largest (and best) parade is the Endymion parade, and the Krewe of Endymion is considered a “super krewe”–they have over 3000 members! It’s HUGE, and we are fortunate enough to live right on the parade route! The parade is tomorrow afternoon, but yesterday, there were already tarps and chairs and other items claiming space along the route. Technically, someone is suppose to stay with their stuff so the police don’t remove it, but the police never seem to be that serious about it (honestly, the NOPD has much bigger things to worry about); it’s pretty nuts!

So tomorrow our street turns into a big block party and there will be hot dogs and hamburgers, spiral sliced ham and jambalaya, beaucoup sausage, chicken… and sides and sweets and beer galore. I haven’t decided what I’m bringing yet; last year I made kind of a tex-mex black bean and tomato salad, but no one really ate it. Apparently, healthy food doesn’t go over so well at these things 😉 I’ll probably end up making ooey gooey bars and buffalo chicken dip or something. We’ll see! (And I’ll be sure to post some pictures on Monday!)

Karinne is also having her “wagon parade” at school today; we decorated her wagon like a Mardi Gras parade float, and her 6th grade buddy will pull the wagon while she throws beads and other items to the students and parents. Only PreK-4 and Kindergarten make wagons, so there should be quite a few people watching! I’m taking a half-day from work so I can watch it; there’s also no aftercare today, so I’ll be taking the kids home at normal dismissal time. I swear, the day feels so much longer when I can get the kids at 3 instead of 5:30!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!