Thursday, November 24, 2016

Louisiana: My First Mardi Gras Parade

Carencro Mardi Gras Parade, Carencro, Louisiana. February 2014.


We've got to go back to 2014 for this one. My first Louisiana Mardi Gras Parade. It was in Carencro. I introduced it here, promising to write more about it later. Well, more than two years later, I'm keeping my promise.

Carencro Mardi Gras Parade, Carencro, Louisiana. February 2014.



The Carencro parade was enlightening. South Louisianans know how to go to parades. The Carencro parade is more of a family parade than some of the others, and it was a good starter parade for me.


Carencro Mardi Gras Parade, Carencro, Louisiana. February 2014.

It was at the Carencro parade that I learned just how one properly enjoys a parade.


Carencro Mardi Gras Parade, Carencro, Louisiana. February 2014.


In the perfect scenario, you arrive early and you set up camp (literally, except for the overnighting part). 

Carencro Mardi Gras Parade, Carencro, Louisiana. February 2014.

You set up: 
  1. Tent
  2. Open bar with plenty of alcohol
  3. Full-size grill
  4. At least one table for the forthcoming feast
  5. Multiple chairs
  6. Sound system + music for before the parade
  7. Porta-potty
  8. Efficient receptacles for beads and candy collection 

Carencro Mardi Gras Parade, Carencro, Louisiana. February 2014.

 
Carencro Mardi Gras Parade, Carencro, Louisiana. February 2014.


 I was a little taken aback at the competitiveness of catching the beads. Not that I didn't get into the spirit of it pretty quickly myself.


Carencro Mardi Gras Parade, Carencro, Louisiana. February 2014.



Carencro Mardi Gras Parade, Carencro, Louisiana. February 2014.

Carencro Mardi Gras Parade, Carencro, Louisiana. February 2014.


 And then it's over.

Carencro Mardi Gras Parade, Carencro, Louisiana. February 2014.

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