Category Archives: Festivals

Things Learned From Mardi Gras

by  necs2010

Carnival season ended at Midnight on Fat Tuesday, or Mardi Gras. In the style of a proper TFA Corps Member I think it is time to look back and do a little bit of Mardi Gras reflection.

Reflection #10 – Getting hit in the face with a large set of beads, especially the giant white ones, always hurts – no matter your state of consciousness.

Reflection #9 – Having friends in town in great, but beware of the chance that you may lose your friends in the chaos. Just hope they don’t have AT&T and you can still get a hold of them.

Reflection #8 – Some neighbors can be finicky about noise. Even it is Mardi Gras and even if the party did shut down at 9:45pm.

Reflection #7 – The City of New Orleans funds Mardi Gras through parking fines. Can you get a fine for blocking a non-existent sidewalk? Yes, you most certainly can.

Reflection #6 – The experience of waking up early and moving with massive crowds evokes strong feelings of nostalgia for college football games.

Reflection #5 – Uptown > CBD, FQ

Reflection #4 – An exception to #5 is the Krewe of Barkus. Go to that… it is a must.

Reflection #3 – Old ladies with canes are extremely territorial. If you wish to have pain-free ankles you best not block the throw routes of any cane-weldings folks.

Reflection #2 – The St. Augustine Drum Majors high stepped more through Mardi Gras than the Michigan Marching Band does in an entire season.

Reflection #1 – Even though it is possible to be severely paraded out you must always remember that you are #winning* during Mardi Gras.

* Thank you  Charlie Sheen for conveniently creating a world of memes in time for Mardi Gras.

Bonfires at Christmas in St. James Parish

All Along the Levee

Definition: Bonfire

A fire in which bones were burned; A fire to burn unwanted or disreputable items or people: proscribed books, heretics etc; A large, controlled outdoor fire, as a signal or to celebrate something

Definition: Festival

A festival is an event, usually and ordinarily staged by a local community, which centers on some unique aspect of that community.

Christmas Eve usually involves church services, egg nog, cookies, and stories by the fire, or so says Norman Rockwell paintings. In St. James Parish they do Christmas Eve in an incendiary fashion – fireworks and giant bonfires. Bonfires that are 10-30 feet tall and are places side-by-side up and down the Mississippi River.

Pagan? Maybe, but the festival’s roots probably come from French and German settlers in Louisiana who brought bonfire traditions with them from old Europe. When they became popular in the River Parishes is a little hazy, but today it is a massive community celebration that grown into a fixture of Louisiana culture.