Still Happening in 2018!

What comes to mind when we say Mardi Gras? Fat Tuesday, "Throw me something mister", dancing in the street, jazz or jambalaya? If you like the sites, sounds and smells of a 24 hour celebration, you've come to the right place for a sneak peak to an event spectacular. Yes, that's right, the city comes alive at the break of dawn with people scurrying to find the best spot to watch the parades. Police barricades are set up and streets are re-routed to accommodate the many parades that will run all day and into the night, non-stop. When the parades stop, the party keeps going. Pedestrians pack themselves into nightclubs, restaurants and bars while others continue their festivities in the streets of the French Quarter. You have to see it to believe it. Those of us who have "been there, done that" I'm sure can attest to a spectacle which is rooted deep in the heart of French catholic culture.

When do we dress up in costume?
MARDI GRAS DAY is officially on Tuesday, Feb. 13th. in the year, 2018. According to tradition, this is the only day in which everyone wears a costume to the parades. Other parades will begin to roll in various parts of the city and different southern states. Until this time however, parade goers do not dress up to see the parades. Otherwise, active participants which have to dress the part are usually found riding floats or participating in Mardi Gras Balls.

 Mystic Couturier - Costumers for Krewe and Court . It has been my pleasure to meet this fine and talented team of professional costume designers through my association with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival (Montgomery, AL). Owners Gerald Herring and Doug Baloy have taken costuming to great heights in the splendor and detailing of their workmanship. Please e-mail at for more information.

What's a Mud Bug?
NOT AN INSECT BY ANY MEANS. What Cajun or Creole event would be complete without a good crawfish recipe? Yep, I'm talking mud bugs a/k/a crawfish! Same thing, just a different name. These lobster-like crustacians are a delicacy served up with potatoes, onions and corn on the cob all boiled together with spicy seasonings. It's most common to "suck the heads and squeeze the tails" then dip 'em in some sauce and pop 'em into your mouth. Undescribably deeeelicious!
WARNING! DO NOT Attempt This Technique With A Live Alligator. (Hee hee)

Where do I find out more?

Follow these links to learn more about Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

(If critters could, they would.)
Charlie Miller's Horn
Rozani's Masks & Costumes
The Jesters Court Baubles & Dolls


Special Awards
Krewe of Bacchus Special Award

Krewe of Bacchus Special Award

Catfish's Pond Favorite Site Award

Catfish's Favorite Site Award



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