Krewe du Vieux 2008
Thanks for having me, Krewe du Vieux and Krewe of PAN! I am honored and can't wait to do it again. It was an appropriate beginning, as I drank the Koolaid a long time ago and am a member of the Cult of Lafcadio to the core.
I just hope next year won't be quite as cold. (I can't remember the last time it wasn't cold for KdV.) I was fine and happy on the route with a brass band to keep me moving (how could I not be?), but it took me two days to warm back up after the party.
There are lots of fine pictures for your perusal in the KdV pool on Flickr and more bloggers in the parade than I can count. Among them were my fellow PAN-folk Ashley and Adrastos and their spouses, and in other krewes were Dangerblond, Maitri, Mark, Karen, Slate, Humid Haney, Hammhawk, and Ray pinch-hitting in the KdV Escort Service. (If I forgot you, please forgive me!)
Now, there's only one question. Can we slow the mules down next time? I heard and read lots of comments about how fast the parade flew by and I've made the same observation in the past. It must be possible because whenever I get behind one of those carriages in the French Quarter they seem to go half that speed.
NOTE: For you readers in the USA (which we're obviously not a part of) and abroad, here's a little primer on the *Not As-Seen-on-TV* Mardi Gras experience. Link: A Parade of One's Own: Marching to the Beat of Carnival's Fringe Groups. Kind of like Festivus, it's Carnival for the restuvus.
Now, some good news for us:
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And some fun:
Just don't swallow it...