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georgia1965
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Posted on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 19:38

 

We are in NOLA for Mardi Gras and the Super Bowl..

 

We have now accumulated over 50 lbs of beads from the parades.  The food is awesome.

 

Your thoughts on Mardi Gras and NOLA.......


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Posted on Sat, Feb 02, 2013 21:35

Quoting Diana3316:

Lololol....ooooooweeeee Fishy.  I guess just because you're way up in the frozen tundra, doesn't mean that you don't know a thing or two.  I believe you are exactly right.  *wink*  :)))



Di,If I ever make it there I'll carry a couple hundred pounds of them beads and give them away 1 ounce at a time.  :-]



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Posted on Fri, Feb 01, 2013 20:03

Quoting fishyme:

That's a lot of beads.Don't you get beads by showing your breast?



Lololol....ooooooweeeee Fishy.  I guess just because you're way up in the frozen tundra, doesn't mean that you don't know a thing or two.  I believe you are exactly right.  *wink*  :)))



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Posted on Thu, Jan 31, 2013 09:06

I, for one GEORGIA, am ecstatic to see the SUPER BOWL being held in NOLA and at MARDI GRAS time.. I understand Louisiana had to push some parades back due to additional crowding. It's amazing how many people they can fit on those narrow streets! I feel extremely grateful as this draws MEGA $$$$ into NOLA. Katrina wreaked havoc on everyone who had built their lives around that area and many were reluctantly forced out, with many businesses shut down, not to mention all the lives lost. It was sad to see such destruction. What a blessing I was recently able to witness some of the rebuilding of such a historical area of the U.S. after such a tragedy!  

 

I just walked the streets mid December, while there on business, so I didn't get to enjoy the "ambiance" and "festivities," as much as I would have preferred... BUT FRENCHSTREET IS A MUST.. (Of course MG puts another spin on you than my experience.) It was like "another world" on a normal day, so I can't imagine what it is like there now, beyond videos I've seen. Bourbon Street, at 5 PM, I had drunk crazies coming over to me asking me for money etc... or trying to walk with me, so I can only imagine! JUST BE SAFE!!

 

I was in NOLA when the "Sandy Hook" massacre occurred. I had no idea when I was lighting candles at the Catholic church for my children, (I am NOT Catholic, but what can it hurt?) .. well, I didn't know what had happened.. I am blessed! I had never been in a church with such architectural design and all the glass and paintings, etc, so needless to say, THAT was quite an experience. The church is absolutely breathtaking to view. And all the shops and talent you see! The street magician was incredible!! 

 

I stayed in the WAREHOUSE district and I must say, I loved it!! It was close enough to walk to Frenchman Street / Bourbon Street area and the flea market and all the festivities and shopping; yet in a "safer" area than actually being in the French Quarters. (Not to mention in the French Quarters you can't park at your motel since there is no room.) In the WH district I had to pay $22 a day for valet to park my car..

 

Needless to say; the people were very friendly and the food was awesome and if you are into spices, order the blackened shrimp. Cajons "blacken" better than anyone!! :)

 

Locals at the Inn did warn me not to go to French Quarters at night alone, as they have their share of "professional" criminals and it can be dangerous when your pocket is being picked.. esp if you are a woman alone.. I imagine you are travelling with others though. 

 

HAVE FUN, BE CAREFUL AND ENJOY YOURSELF!! And don't be surprised, with the amount of food and drink it is impossible to escape, you may have to come home and exercise!! 

 

I personally, have not been to Mardi Gras, but it's on the Bucket List!! 

 

HI DAKOTA---- Actually, MG was started by the ROMANS before they even embraced "Christianity." Then, as a "Catholic" event, they "intermingled" the "carnival" with "confession" and "Lent" celebrating prior to Ash Wednesday. (Fat Tuesday) It was then brought over by the French when they discovered the "New World." 

 

Close as I could figure: When the French came over to the "New World" ... Alabama, Miss. and La. were not considered "seperate" states. I guess it was just a large plot of land they discovered and called the FRENCH LOUISIANA. This is when they founded MOBILE as being the "Capital" of the FRENCH LOUISIANA... I guess they kept exploring and heading south B/C they changed the "Capital" to BILOXI and later finally resting the Capital of Louisiana as NEW ORLEANS.. Lousiana was not sold to the United States until over 150 years after the French's original discovery of the territory. By that time the "plot of land" had been divided I presume. 

 

Having spent a lot of time in Lousiana since I was a child as well as working offshore in recent years, I can say, the "French connection" still remains a prominant factor, esp the closer to NOLA one gets. Signs in and around NOLA have almost unpronouncable names to "us foreigners!" I ported at places as Port Fourchon (French) and in the Parish ofTerrebonne.  I always laugh I've spent so much time in La, but it's like a "country all by itself!" Even my GPS would send me places that would land me in the water! ;) 

 

Oddly enough, Mardi Gras was brought over by the French with "Christianity" coupled. Now however, MG has become a wild "party frenzy" where people get drunk and violence is so prevalent, women raise their shirts for "beads" and cops can't keep up with the drunk crazies peeing in the streets! Hmmm.. Sounds an awful lot like my "Spring Breaks" in SouthTexas, only trade the pavement for sand! LOL

 

GREAT HISTORY IN NOLA! ENJOY YOUR STAY GEORGIA~~ 



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Posted on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 23:13

That's a lot of beads.Don't you get beads by showing your breast?



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Posted on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 00:16

Started in Mobile, AL.  Way before NO was thought of.  Just given my state some credit.



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