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!!!