Mardi Gras Parade: Time for the ‘Amazing Floats’

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 … Continue reading Mardi Gras Parade: Time for the ‘Amazing Floats’

Mardi Gras Parade: It’s all about the People

Yes, it is all about the people. People who ride on the floats wearing masks, people who parade down the streets (some while holding a flamboyant dog), people who play in the band, people who are dressed in vibrant costumes and not to forget – people who are the audience – “If you are not in the Parade, you watch the parade. That’s Life.”- Mike … Continue reading Mardi Gras Parade: It’s all about the People

Mardi Gras Parade: The Cars, the Bikes & the Carriages

The February Carnival or Mardi Gras, is a celebration to witness atleast once in a lifetime. Festivities go on for over fifteen days and New Orleans gets splashed with the brightest of hues – the colors of Mardi Gras – Purple, Green and Gold. For the history enthusiasts like myself – these three colors were selected in 1872 to honor the visiting Russian Grand Duke whose … Continue reading Mardi Gras Parade: The Cars, the Bikes & the Carriages