Monday, February 13, 2006


....back in the Crescent City, Mardi Gras season will not be stopped. The other night, the French Quarter was crazy with the antics of the tonge in ..uh.. cheek Krewe du Vieux. This particular Krewe is an iconoclastic, satiric group that is an equal opportunity offender.

Any guesses who the targets of mockery were this year in New Orleans?

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

They nominated Michael Brown to be the Grandmarshal of the event, he was nowhere to be found, so they went with a giant empty gold chair with a sign "out to dinner" on it. That seems to have been their 'tame' float.

This year, their antics even made the AP wire. The fact that so many of the media are actually staying in French Quarter hotels may have had something to do with this. Then again, so could the topic of discussion. My first thought is that I'm jealous someone's getting to write off living in and reporting on the antics of New Orleans' French Quarter during Mardi Gras and call it a "journalistic carreer." My second is that I could still do a better job.

My third is that I already know of someone who does, and he is actually a part of the Krewe Du Vieux. Ladies and gentlemen, the report from inside the parade. Wow, he linked to the same AP wire. And he provides pics of the parade from NOLA. And, just to be sure you know what you are looking at (don't click if you are easily offended by crudeness): here's the list of Krewe du Vieux float themes.

1 comment:

Dante said...

If you look about halfway down the report from inside the parade link, you'll see an sign reading K.A.O.S. rules FEMA. No wonder the relief effort went so poorly. You can read a little about KAOS here. There not quite a ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world but they're pretty darn close. I'm surprised any relief showed up at all. I guess the good people at CONTROL took care of the situation. Unfortunately, it obviously cost one of them his life.