It is hard to believe that Mardi Gras is (almost) officially over. The past few days have been filled with parade-watching and spending time with family and friends. Notwithstanding the deluge on Thursday night, the weather was incredible. It was 80 degrees today. 80. It is February 5. New Orleans temperature is always unpredictable but I can usually count on not breaking a sweat in early February. Not this year.
La Luz had a great time but doesn't have quite the stamina for parade going that she needs to be a New Orleans kid. I see my friends' children who wouldn't miss a float much less a parade and I don't get it when La Luz starts complaining that she is ready to go home after four floats. She made it through a few full parades but most of the time we split the evening between the parade route and the house, taking necessary breaks at her request here and there. The convenience of living a block from the parade route was worth all of the other hassles that come with the location this weekend.
Nana and Papa-T were in town for the weekend. They left early this morning and La Luz is already complaining that she misses them terribly. It was great having them here because it meant having an extra set of hands to take care of La Luz.
The ladder looked great out on Napoleon Ave. I thought the stencil work was inferior but, upon closer inspection of other ladders, I think La Luz's ladder might even be one of the better ones that I saw. I am already planning some upgrades for next year with the help of Jessie and Tiffany. I won't give away too much but it involves things I don't own like rhinestones and hot glue guns.
Here are some of the highlights of the past few days:
With Christian, Nana and Papa-T - Iris Saturday.
In the ladder with me behind - Thoth Sunday
Rebirth kicking it around the block from my house on Sunday - how cool is that?
Richmond - getting ready to light the way for Proteus
In the ladder with Betsy B - Orpheus
Tinkerbell and me - Mardi Gras on the neutral ground
Tinkerbell - Mardi Gras day
La Luz - on her way to visit the queen of Carnival