It was time for the pompous arrival of the Mardi Gras Floats on the Canal Street. And we were all waiting to see the magic happen.
“The first Mardi Gras parade was held in New Orleans on February 24th, 1857 by the Krewe of Comus. They began the tradition of presenting a parade with floats and following it with a ball for the Krewe and their guests”, as per Mardi Gras website. And the tradition has been ongoing for over 150 years now.
Given the long history, Mardi gras is a holiday in New Orleans. And is celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm by both locals and the visitors.
Our Friday before the ‘Fat Tuesday’ in New Orleans began with the Parade of Krewe of Hermes followed by Krewe of d’Etat and Krewe of Morpheus – which started around seven in the evening. It was a wonderful line-up – the King’s float of Hermes and the ‘Sun King’ float were some of best of the day.
The next day, Saturday – we were on Canal Street by eleven in the morning to enjoy the – day parades. It included the Krewe of Iris which is named after the Goddess of Rainbow & is the largest all-female Krewe and the Krewe of Tucks which is known for the satirical floats – both the Krewes were up to the mark. And then we waited patiently for the Krewe of Endymion – supposed to start at four that evening. It was really packed by the time the parade began, and it was quite apparent from the spectacular floats which were brought out to amaze the crowd.
Sunday – our third day of Mardi Gras celebrations and we were looking forward to the parades. It started with the Krewe of Okeanos which is named after the Greek god of Oceans & valleys; and then, the beautiful floats of Krewe of Mid-city and Thoth paraded down the street. By evening, our bounty of beads had already grown by leaps and bounds; though one more parade was still left for the day. Around five, the Krewe of Bacchus (named after Greek God of Wine), showed up in dazzling floats – it was the perfect end to the perfect weekend.
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