Mardi Gras Tidbits
Impressions from a first Mardi gras experience
When I accepted an invitation from a friend to travel down to New Orleans for Mardi Gras 1995, I had no idea what to expect. It ended up being one of the best vacations of my life.
My sister asked me to bring her back some beads. "Where do I get beads?", I naively asked my friend. "They throw them at you!", she replied. By the end of my trip, laden down with bags of beads for the return trip to Chicago, I had certainly found that out!

Among the parades I watched during my trip were:

Hermes, Endymion, Thoth (by accident, we caught the end of it and quite a bit of beads, etc!), Bacchus, Zeus (in Metairie) and Zulu. The rainy weather on Tuesday kept some of us from staying on the route for all the parades, but the French Quarter itself provided some great entertainment!

Mardi Gras 1996
1996 Balcony Scene
A Balcony Scene in the Quarter on Mardi Gras
A Kiss For Beads
Craig receiving a kiss for beads in the Quarter on Mardi Gras
My first full Mardi Gras season. I had a blast!

Since I worked and lived in Metairie, I attended quite a few parades there rather than making the trip into the city for them. I did manage to make it into the city for a select few however.

Starting February 9, there were parades every day thru Mardi Gras day itself. I attended 10 altogether, even considering the fact I saw no parades on Mardi Gras itself, since I spent the day wandering around the Quarter people watching and taking photographs.

Jellyfish To the left is one of the many pictures taken in the French Quarter February 11, 1997. For more, click the picture or follow the link to the 1997 Mardi Gras Photo Album. 1996 Blue Star Costume
If you'd like to see more, pictures from Mardi Gras 1996 (February 20, 1996) can be found in the 1996 Mardi Gras Photo Album.

For a look at the Parade Schedule and route maps, follow the link to the Mardi Gras Parade Schedules.
  After spending hours hopping from one Mardi Gras related page to the next, the following pages were among my favorites:

Chip's Mardi Gras Links

Chip has probably the most extensive list of Mardi Gras related sites on the web.

Mardi Gras . Org

My other Mardi Gras site.

Jester's Mardi Gras

KOE Co-founder and a fellow Mardi Gras fanatic.

Hand Made Mardi Gras Medallions

Beaux has created some wonderful custom made medallions for 2004. They can be ordered in a variety of colors. forum

One of the internet's most popular Mardi Gras forums can be found here.

Mardi Gras New Orleans

This is a very informative site with a live compucast of a Mardi Gras parade. They also have a great "Dos and Don'ts" list for Mardi Gras revelers.

Mardi Gras Day Page

Preparation for Mardi Gras 2002! You bet! This link also has Mardi Gras survival tips.

New Orleans Virtual Library: Mardi Gras Central

Check out the Countdown To Mardi Gras Calculator and greeting card at this site.

Flashbacks of Mardi Gras in New Orleans

A nice collection of photographs by Thibeaux Lincecum.


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