Monday, January 10, 2011

It's Carnival Time!



So I'm finally back from vacation. Christmas and New Year's are over. Know what that means?

It's officially Carnival Time, everyone! Whoo hoo! And I'm actually going to march this year in Krewe du Vieux, one of the most satirical parades. It's the only one that still goes through the French Quarter, or Vieux Carr√©, where the krewe gets its name. Krewe du Vieux—which I blogged about last year— is actually a confederation of sub-krewes, like the Mystic Krewe of Spermes (to which I now officially belong, sweet!), C.R.U.D.E., L.E.W.D., and Underwear. 

The parade rolls Saturday, February 19th, so get your plane tickets now, LOL! If you can't make it, maybe I'll send something to you. I'm so excited about Carnival, I think I'll have another Carnival Contest like I had last year.Here's how it's gonna go down:

Later this month, at an undisclosed time, I'll post an official contest entry post. One of my very lucky readers will receive a box of Mardi Gras throws and other NOLA goodies (CC's chicory-blend coffee, carnival themed notecards, etc.) by random selection. There'll be plenty of ways to earn extra points.

Meantime, cut yourself a slab of king cake and settle in for a cold week in New Orleans. It's not going to get out of the forties all week, which is cold when your house has no insulation and the humidity is at eighty percent. The season might be over for the Saints, but the anticipation of carnival is keeping most of us here warm. Hope all of you snow-bound folks stay warm and safe!

15 comments:

Janet Johnson said...

The French Gallette des rois is so much better than the American version of the King Cake . . . but now I'm drooling.

Have a wonderful time at Carnival!

Elena Solodow said...

Love the picture! Looks wild.

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Catch some beads for me. And eat some king cake. ;) I don't know how my boys will handle not getting Mardi Gras week off from school...

JEM said...

Looks like so much fun! I've been contemplating a trip to NOLA some day, I may have to bump that estimate up :). I'll be watching for the contest like a hawk, those look like fun goodies! You'd be surprised what I'd do for good coffee...

Krispy said...

Sounds like you're going to be busy! Have fun and PICTURES please! :)

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

OMG, I wish I could be there. You had better post pictures!!

A note to everyone else. I won Tere's contest last year (so I'll be nice and not enter this time), but believe me, you want to win this box of delight!

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Oh, I've been waiting for Mardi Gras to come back for a whole year! I am still green with envy over last year's prize pack. You promised you'd do it again, ya know! I can't wait. LOL. :-)

Abby Annis said...

You're back! Hooray! Looking forward to the contest! :)

Hannah Kincade said...

Yay you're back!! That carnival sounds like fun, though that picture freaks me right out. I'm not a fan of clown or clownlike things. I would still go though.

Susan R. Mills said...

Sounds like so much fun! Enjoy!

Liana Brooks said...

I haven't had good King Cake in years. Eat an extra slice for me!

Plamena Schmidt said...

Wow, you're participating. I don't know if I could ever do that. I'm more stand-offish. Have fun!

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WritingNut said...

This sounds like so much fun! :)

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Oh man, I would love to participate in Carnival!! It sounds so exciting. I'd love to live in New Orleans for a little while--heck just to visit! Actually, I will. I'll be there this summer for ALA! Unfortunately, I'll miss carnival time! Have a blast!

Icy Roses said...

I am consistently jealous that you live in New Orleans and get to participate in all these cool things. :)