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- 2018.01.27 A Mardi Gras Weekend
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2018.01.27 A Mardi Gras Weekend
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It was a cloudy day as we headed to Slidell on Saturday morning just about twenty-eight minutes away from Chalmette to a place called Marina Café to see The Krewe of Bilge boat parade. When we got there we found out it was canceled because of weather. They were calling for thunderstorms. I took some pictures of the surroundings anyway.
We decided to return by the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, the longest continuous bridge in the world. It is composed of two parallel bridges that cross Lake Ponchartrain. The longer of the two bridges is 23.83 miles (38.35 km) long. The southern terminus of the Causeway is in Metairie, Louisiana, a suburb of New Orleans. The northern terminus is at Mandeville, Louisiana. We started at one end at 12:02 and we got to the other end 22 minutes later. We travelled across it in a thunderstorm so we didn't get to see much.
We were hungry, so we went to Buffa's Café on Esplanade at Burgundy. As we ate we were entertained by the Red Hot Jazz Band.
We then walked around through the pouring rain. Some places on the street had water up to our ankles. As we then walked up Frenchmen Street we met two people we knew from Toronto, Dave and Megan, who used to run the jam at the Antler Room. Small world.
We went for Hot Chocolate at the famous Café Du Monde where we met people from Florida only in for the day.
Then off to listen to great music from The Budz at Vaso's. We went out to see a walking parade, Krewe du Vieux, since it was marching down Frenchmen Street right past Vaso's. We took a few pictures but my camera was not working right.
On Sunday we went to Metarie to see the Krewe of Little Rascals Parade. We waited a long time for them, but it was worth the wait. D'Arcy wore a pig nose that he got from the Krewe de Vieux parade the previous night and every time there was a serious face they would look at D'Arcy and smile. Of course I had to try the pigs nose. The bands and floats were great. There were some cars also.
As D'Arcy spotted a boy playing a glockenspiel he was reminded of when he used to play one in the Air Cadets band.
After the parade we went for dinner at Coop's on Decatur. Then we walked down to Frenchmen street to hear some great music and then home to watch a little TV before falling into bed exhausted.
We are enjoying ourselves.