New Orleans and Mardi Gras

My blogging partner over at Legal Profession Blog, Alan Childress, has a post puncturing two myths about Mardi Gras. I spent a year at Tulane, and one of the highlights was Mardi Gras precisely as Alan describes it. Everyone should experience it.

I was trying to figure out how to connect this up to my stint here, and I realized it’s simple: I concur in Alan’s opinion. I’ll add three items in support:

(1) Pictures of the parades and other events that occur before Mardi Day itself (I have yet to use this one in the manner suggested by my comment).

(2) Pictures from Mardi Gras day itself, most of which are, as Alan points out, G-rated. We did take a walk through the French Quarter, and the epicenter of raunch is Bourbon Street, but my pictures are PG and not G-string rated.

(3) Alan mentions the gathering of loot in the form of “throws” from the floats. The most treasured of these are the hand-decorated coconuts in the Zulu parade. A city ordinance now bans these from being thrown like the beads or stuffed toys, and I suppose here is a legal connection: people were getting hurt. So the way you get one is to sidle up to the side of the float and beg for one. This is a self-satisfied reveler clutching his prized possession (now sitting in a prominent spot in his Suffolk University Law School office.)

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  1. I’m finding this to be exactly the case. And since I’m a half a block off of St. Charles, there’ll be plenty of time to be thrown somethin’.

    Mistah.

  2. I’m finding this to be exactly the case. And since I’m a half a block off of St. Charles, there’ll be plenty of time to be thrown somethin’.

    Mistah.