Friday, February 12, 2010


Right smack in the middle of Valentine's weekend, we can't forget about Mardi Gras! Many people don't realize that the first Mardi Gras celebrations in the United States were not in New Orleans, but in Mobile, Alabama , in the 1700s, while still under French rule. Today, all the small towns around the Mobile Bay area have their own Krewes who put on parades each year. Thousands of people line the streets for these "family-friendly" parades, and they're great fun. We have a second home in Fairhope, Alabama, which has many parades during the season. My husband, son and son-in-law are members of a Krewe and get to ride on a float every year. They say it's the closest they'll ever come to being rock stars, as they ride through the streets, throwing beads, toys and Moon Pies. My pictures aren't great. But, hopefully, they'll give you some idea of the color and pageantry and fun of a small-town Mardi Gras celebration.

Son, son-in-law, husband

"Hey mister, throw me some beads!"


  1. Tracy, these pics are awesome! I wanted to do a Mardi Gras party this year, but life got in the way. Thanks so much for the birthday wishes for Allie. She gets so excited to read comments and Facebook has been so ridiculous lately that we've had people say they can't find us!
    xoxo Pattie

  2. You learn something new every day! Looks like a lot of fun!

  3. What fun that must have been!

    Thank you for leaving me the sweet note this morning. Have a great week.


  4. looks like so much fun!

  5. This mardi gras looks incredible and so much fun. Thank you for visiting French Essence - it's lovely to meet you Tracy, xv.



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