Today I woke up alone in my house for the first time in two weeks...all of our Mardi Gras guests have left, and all is quiet. By the way, this entailed a trip to the airport at four AM. And as you can imagine, there is a good deal of cleaning up to do!
The city sleeps for a few days, observing Lent, and waiting for Saint Patrick's Day and Saint Joseph's Day, both in less than a month, and both huge, festive days hereabouts. The Mardi Gras Indians will parade on Saint Joseph's day, and yours truly will make every attempt to be there!
For those still craving Mardi Gras revelry, here are a few more photos taken on Frenchmen Street and on Decatur Street.
Face painting at Cosmic Debris.
Dancers on Frenchmen Street.
This spin-the-wheel costume fortold how the spinner would fare at the end of the 2012 Mayan calendar year. It turns out I'll be fine, thanks for asking.
Cowgirl. She is riding a live mule down Royal Street. Yeah, really.
Only about three or four bands tried playing on the street on MG day. It was way too crowded and way too noisey to be heard. One girl I know went out in costume and played a toy accordion: she was tipped well simply for the novelty. Here are some of my friends trying to busk. They didn't make very much.
Our friends Elena and Josh on Decatur Street, waiting for Cosmic Debris.
More adorable children.
It turns out there was simply no shortage of adorable children.
Her costume is made entirely of candy.
Lauren the sexy pyrate...
From Mardi Gras in New Orleans (and its aftermath), this is Kenny Klein explaining it all.