After moving to New Orleans a few months ago, I have been asked so many questions by my friends.
"Is it crazy there?"
"Have you been to Bourbon Street?"
"Are you excited about Mardi Gras?"
The answer is yes to all of these, even the crazy question, because New Orleans is crazy in a good way. What I am finding out from these conversations though is that there is big misconception about New Orleans. I really don't think you can truly understand it until you live here. I am learning new things everyday and I am really loving teaching others about New Orleans.
Cam, who you know from her song "Burning House" (and she has a great new song called "Diane") dropped by to have lunch last week. I took her to CAVAN (which was fantastic BTW!), so we got to roll up and down St. Charles as everyone was putting up their chairs, ladders, and tents in preparation for the parades. You must understand - to an outsider this all looks very strange! Thanks to my new friends in New Orleans, I was able to give her a little bit of an explanation on what Mardi Gras means to all that meet on these grounds.
It was really quite exhilarating to feel the excitement on St. Charles as we were moving into the biggest (and most fun) weekend of the year. I think Cam definitely made plans to come back and really experience a Mardi Gras parade next year!
I now know Mardi Gras is more than day. It is a way of life in New Orleans.
I now know what throw is. And caught a few weird ones myself.
I now know what it feels like to eat crawfish gumbo on a muddy neutral ground with new friends.
I now know what a Mardi Gras kiss feels like. =)
I'm already counting down to the next Mardi Gras. Laissez les bons temps rouler!