Now that it's February, (it actually got cold enough today to sleet, people!) the moment has come for my second annual Carnival Time Celebration! Eh la bah! Time to bid farewell to the flesh, before the fasting of Lent (Read: Fish Fry season, sooo much less decadent, right?).
It's been said that Louisianians are the happiest people in the country.
We all know the secret: Carnival! (PSA ahead: Mardi Gras is just one day, y'all. Fat Tuesday. Also, it's called a streetcar, not a trolley, and it runs in the neutral ground, not the median. The more you know, and all that.)
I'm super-psyched to be a part of Krewe du Vieux this year. Even though I have to work this Saturday, so I won't be able to make my own sperm on a stick for the parade. Yes, that is what you're seeing in the above pic. While most of the major Mardi Gras krewes have floats that are more or less kid-friendly, our little confederation of sub-krewes is all about the satire, baby.
Fairwarning: I spent most of Sunday afternoon decorating a 3.5 foot paper mache penis to look like a Mardi Gras Indian for our float, Treme-ja-vieux. (Or Tremeja-Vu. I'm not sure if we agreed on how to spell it yet. There was much beer involved in the process, so be impressed that we even figured out two spellings, m'kay?)
Wish you could all be here for the festivities! But since you can't, I'll send Mardi Gras to YOU:
One very lucky entrant will receive a box of Mardi Gras throws and other NOLA goodies (CC's chicory-blend coffee, carnival themed notecards, etc.) by random selection. I'll reveal the winner on Monday, February 28th, but until then, there are plenty of ways to earn extra points.
Simply commenting below will earn you +1
Old follower = +2
New follower = +1
Post about this contest on your blog, or link in your sidebar, or tweet = +2 (+6 if you do all three. Or don't. Maybe you want to keep the chances of winning high, and keep the info to yourself, but that just ain't in the spirit of the post-Christmas, pre-Jazzfest season, now is it?)
And if by then I have 300 followers, I'll select two winners instead of just one. 'Cause that's just how I roll. Also, if you could add up your points in the comments I'd really appreciate it. (Because I'm probably going to be hung-over on Monday and won't want to think real hard. Thanks in advance.)
Good luck, and tune in for more Carnival Time fun until Mardi Gras day, March 8th!