The Louisiana Diaries: C'mon Mardi Gras! This weekend starts what will begin a seemingly endless round of parades across Louisiana - up north in Shreveport, known as Plantation Country; in Lafayette, Cajun country, and of course, in New Orleans! The girls parade tomorrow at their school; hauling preschoolers in wagons who will toss beads at the older kids.
In Lafayette, Feb. 17-19 begins the 51st ...Annual Courir de Mardi Gras featuring a gumbo cook off, a Saturday Children's Parade, and Sunday's Courir de Mardi Gras Parade and run, plus carnival rides and entertainment. In NOLA, revelers can look forward to Feb. 18's "Endymion" known as the most 'bodacious" and extravagant of all the New Orleans Super krewes (clubs that sponsor and put on the various parades and festivities, including opulant grand balls with cornation of kings and queens!).
This year newsman Anderson Cooper will be on hand for this event, along with musical guests, Maroon 5! Then on Feb. 19, the "Bacchus" starts late afternoon featuring comedian Will Ferrill as King Bacchus this year. Apparently with this parade you watch out for the towering gorilla floats! We are headed to NOLA for one day's activities . . . all of which culminate on Fat Tuesday on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter with a series of increasingly ' beyond description' floats, and yes, women who flash from French Quarter balconies asking for 'beads.'