Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Happy Mardi Gras!

Tabitha here today and we are celebrating Mardi Gras!  There are a surprising number of transplants in our area from New Orleans who celebrate with an array of festivities leading up to the parade.   Mom and Pop love to attend the annual Mardi Gras parade in Asheville.  They try to go every year weather permitting.  This year was not bad for February - 49 degrees, sunny but a brisk wind.  I will narrate the parade as it goes by - ready?

This year's theme is Saints vs Sinners (Are you good or just good at it!). Everyone seemed to prefer the sinner version - dressing as fallen angels, devils, death, skeletons, grim reapers, and everything in between!  So many parade watchers were dressed up too - it was hard to know where to look first.

 The beans walked up to the parade site behind these revelers! Mom had her beads on - real ones from a friend who went to New Orleans.  The parade offered bands, colorful clowns throwing beads to the onlookers, wonderful floats and so much more.  Each group or float is called a Krewe and they all have funky names.

 This young girl was handicapped and rode in a three wheeler with her baby alpaca.  There a lots of alpaca farms here.  A King and Queen are chosen weeks before and they ride as special hosts of the parade.  Afterwards everyone is invited to the Queen's Ball at a local restaurant.

King Bone and Queen Sara

Kali, Hindu Goddess of Destruction!

 Scandals  Club - features drag shows

Our Pubcycle - you pedal to keep it moving!

Our Gay Pride float

Wicked Geisha Krewe

Even puppies got into the the spirit of Mardi Gras!  This is a very abbreviated version of the parade - to see more pictures with captions, please do visit Mom's Carolina Mountains Facebook Page.  

Hope you enjoyed the parade.  We will leave with with the typical Mardi Gras verse...and a  fun way to pick your Mardi Gras name.  Mom's is Glittery Confetti - what is yours?

P.S.  Just an update on Mom and Mr. Kitty - both are doing much better this week.  And  the vet called to let us know that Mr. Kitty's lump was a benign thyroid cyst and that since they got it all out, it won't come back!  Isn't that great?  Thanks to all who purred and sent good vibes for him.  Have a colorful Mardi Gras y'all!!!


Summer said...

The parade looks like so much fun - and what great news about Mr. Kitty!

Cats Herd You said...

Let the good times roll! Looks like quite a celebration!

We're so glad to hear that Mr. Kitty is doing better. Out of curiosity... did the surgeon remove just the cyst, or the entire thyroid while he was in there doing the surgery? Just curious since that's an (out of favor) way to cure hyperhtyroidism.

The Menagerie Mom said...

What fun festivities! And we're so glad to hear that both Mr. Kitty and you are doing better. Purrs to all!

Eastside Cats said...

Yay for Mr. Kitty and Mom! Any reason for a parade is good enough for me!

Melissa, Mudpie and Angel Truffles (Mochas, Mysteries and Meows) said...

Wonderful news and Happy Mardi Gras!!!!

Brian's Home Blog said...

Y'all are rockin' the pawty fur sure! We're sure glad Mom is okay and that Mr. Kitty got great test results!

John Bellen said...

My own Josie just had a cyst removed, so I know the relief you must be feeling over Mr Kitty.

And I should apologise: you requested to be a friend on Facebook but I didn't know you were Cheri of the Wildcat Woods, so I denied you. I'm sorry about that.

da tabbies o trout towne said...

mr kitty....total lee awesum mews !!! HOORAY ...for thiz, we think ewe shuld getz an honorarree name oh bourbon street reveler & let de partee bee gin...we iz buzzed happee for ewe

N manee thanx ta yur mom for sharin theeze fotoz oh yur parade...we N joyed em ...we bet her & dad had lotz oh fun !!! ☺☺☺

Marg said...

Happy Mardi Gras to you too.

The Swiss Cats said...

What a wonderful parade ! Happy Mardi Gras ! We're glad to hear Mr. Kitty's good results ! Purrs

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

The parade looks like lots of fun. I am glad Mr Kitty and your mom are both feeling better.

The Island Cats said...

What fun to have your own Mardi Gras celebration! Happy Mardi Gras!

meowmeowmans said...

Happy Mardi Gras! Your parade looks like so much fun, and how neat that puppies and alpacas were part of the festivities! :)

We're so happy to read the good news about Mr. Kitty.


pilch92 said...

Great photos- I had no idea there were other Mardi Gras parades other than New Orleans. People really went all out. I am very happy for Mr. Kitty.

Anonymous said...

That was interesting! It looks like a good time was had by all! And now we enter the lenten season. Hug.



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