Tag: Mardi Gras

Durham Does Mardi Gras

Tonight Durham had its first (hopefully annual) Mardi Gras parade (and celebration!)!

The Bull in the plaza downtown got decked out for it.

I actually really love Mardi Gras.  I like big commotions and shiny things and excuses to dress up and have fun.  I’ve even been to Mardi Gras in New Orleans twice, I had a friend that went to Tulane and I made sure to take advantage.  HERE ARE SOME PICTURES:

Ah, youth! Okay, nostalgia trip over!

So like I said, Durham got really into Mardi Gras this year!  And I was all about it! After work Jon and I headed to the Fullsteam/Motorco area, where parties were starting and where a million food trucks were lined up.  And by a million I mean like seven but WHATEVER GUYS, Fat Tuesday means that the short rib quesadilla and duck fat tots from Ko Kyu food truck (I wrote about it in this post from last summer)  are 100% justified.  Jon and I hung at Fullsteam a bit, eating our food truck food and drinking some Fullsteam beer.  Well, I don’t like beer, so he drank the beer.

ALSO, Fullsteam had several King Cakes for the taking.  King Cakes, for those of you who don’t know, are these danish-tasting, sugary concoctions with icing in the shade of Mardi Gras colors and also some sprinkles.  Each King Cake has a little plastic baby in it, and if you get the baby you win luck and fortune and good things.  So Fullsteam had a bunch of King Cakes cut up and you could just take a piece. And guess what y’all, I GOT THE DAMN BABY:

I got the baby!

I mean I don’t even like King Cake, guys, I really just grabbed a slice at random to see if I could maybe get the baby (heh, that rhymes) and I totally got the baby.  Because I got the baby I won a pint of Fullsteam beer, which I naturally gave to Jon because I don’t drink beer.  Anyways, not a bad way to kick off the Mardi Gras evening!

We walked from Fullsteam over to the plaza in downtown Durham with the big awesome bull and its giant balls (I love this statue), where people were massing for a Mardi Gras parade that would be led by the Bulltown Strutters, a sort of paradey band with lots of brass and drums and like, good things.  I’m not entirely sure how to describe them but they were really, really, really good.  The parade was set to start at 7:00, and by quarter til the plaza was starting to fill up.

I wanted her wings.


I Love a Parade!

Dragon*Con has a parade that weaves through Atlanta Saturday morning, around 10:00.  I’ve never actually made it to the parade, due to a combination of sleeping in after staying up until 2:00 or 3:00 and the amount of time it takes me to get into costume in the morning.  This year I have decided to march in the parade with the Game of Thrones/Song of Ice and Fire group while wearing my Melisandre costume (makeup and wig test-run pictures sometime later this week!) I figure if I signed up to actually be in the parade then there would be no avoiding it.  This is Dragon*Con’s 25th anniversary and it is also the 10th anniversary of the parade, so I’m glad to have the opportunity to march.  I need to also note that I have never been in a parade, so there’s a first time for everything!

In honor of my marching in the Dragon*Con parade, here is a run down from some parades in my past.

When I was 8 or 9 I went to one of the many circus parades in Sarasota.  Sarasota started as a circus town and it used to be the winter home of the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus.  I do not know if this was an official Ringling Brothers parade or just one of the many in-town circuses having a parade (circus people breeding = many circuses!), but I do remember having a enjoyable time until the elephants joined the parade.  Elephants are majestic, awe-inspiring creatures until one takes a shit right in front of your parade-viewing spot.  I’d say that three or four elephants decided to void themselves right in front of my parade-viewing spot, making the rest of the parade an olfactory adventure.

Now imagine all of these guys pooing at once.