Monday, February 18, 2013

Mardi Gras – Part 2: Endymion

Endymion is my absolute favorite parade. This is when we traditionally debut our costumes and have some fun. This year we chose to dress up as Green Army Men. Our plan was to have “warm” costumes as Mardi Gras was so early compared to other years. So we were fully covered.

Like from head to toe…


Typically, we start holding our spot on the neutral ground on Friday am around 7 am (yes, for a parade that starts the evening of the following day). This year Brandon (my co-captain) was unable to help find the spot and I was unable because of work. I was concerned that we would not get a spot. Thankfully, Lisa and her friends got out early Saturday morning and found us a spot on the sidewalk side. They did a great job securing our location for the parade. Thank you so much LISA!


Sarah, Doug and I divided our time a bit between the spot Lisa found and a party a friend of mine was having. Thank you for having us Stefanie and Ben!


This is us trying to take a “face” picture….well, some of us were.

We got to hang with some cool kids…

Until finally the parade started!
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The last float was incredible…


The Krewe of Endymion plans to dominate the Carnival route in 2013 with the world’s largest Mardi Gras float ever, a $1.2 million, 330-foot behemoth titled “Pontchartrain Beach, Then and Now.” The eight-segmented extravagance, designed to carry 230 riders, stretches almost the entire length of krewe’s Mid-City den where it is being decorated to evoke memories of New Orleans’ bygone amusement park Pontchartrain Beach that closed in 1983.

The float did not make the turn from Orleans to Carrollton. They had to separate it to make the turn and reattach it. Then when it tried to make the turn to Canal, it hit barricades. It was HUGE. I have no idea how it will make all those turns, but somehow it did.

After the massive float passed the traditional end of the parade rolled by: a fire engine. In the front seat of that fire truck was our dear friend JAN! We grabbed his attention and got to hang with him as the massive float tried to make the turn onto Canal.

We packed up our site and headed home after a long, fabulous day. We had to get up early to get our spot for Bacchus the next morning.

The costumes were a hit!

Love and Hugs, Lizzie

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