|Krewe of Elvi|
The Dead Rick Jameses also appeared dressed as Rick James, a dead, black musician from the 80's. the 610 Stompers were a group of about 100 guys, dresses in short shorts, tank tops, and busting out choreographed disco moves for the entire six mile parade route.
One of the things I noticed about the marching bands, was all new uniforms, compliments of Hurricane Katrina. Last time I was here, pre-Katrina, I had noticed how poor the New Orleans bands were dressed, with old ragged, unmatched uniforms and tee shirts, but, man did they play! Now, they still play great, but they all are newly dressed, and the size of the bands has grown, probably due to the new uniforms, as well as new instruments.
We took some back roads home, following a levee along the Mississippi, as I tried to learn my way around, see some sights, and beat traffic. We were successful at each!
|Morning after my first parade - counting my beads!!!|
|These are Mardi Gras parade ladders! You sit up in the ladder so you can watch the parade over all of the heads! The seat up on top has a back to it and wheels so you can roll it into position. It is a BIG thing down here.|
|Parade viewing stand set up in front of a house.|
|The jeep is wearing its beads!|
|The start of the Muses parade. Their big thing is that they throw decorated shoes along with beads from their floats.|
|Fancy drum major|
|One of the Muses' floats. Notice all the hands up in the air, begging for beads!|