Mardi Gras Week! (Aka, One Reason It’s Lame to Live in Seattle.)

So I’ve heard Mardi Gras is coming soon. This I’ve learned from Danica Avet and my other Southern-ly foxes. But here in the drizzly, gray, chilly Northwest, we don’t do Mardi Gras. Our idea of “festive” involves fewer titty tassels and more pot lucks and drum circles.

And this makes me sad!

Sure, Seattle is clean. The people are nice. The crime is low.

We’re green. *Yawn.* And liberal. *Rubs eyes and lies down on bed.* And, well, pretty darn boring all things considered.

Part of the problem is it’s so darn rainy this time of year. As a general rule, you can’t go outside without Gortex in these parts till May, and sometimes as late as July. And, for those of you who don’t know, Gortex is not sexy. Neither is Polar Fleece (another Northwest clothing staple.)

You never know around here when this will happen:

(That was March 31st, BTW.)

However, don’t think for a moment that we don’t have our moments of spring celebration! We LOVE sunny spring days! L-O-V-E! People literally take to the streets around here when the sun comes out! The problem is we never know when that will happen. So we party in little outbursts that defy our normally somber and passive-aggressive demeanor.

I searched for a scene from what Seattleites call a “sunbreak,” but couldn’t find one. They happen too quickly to be caught on camera. But I swear, they DO happen! I’ve see people wearing Cat in the Hat hats, purple roller skates, fluorescent tube tops on sunny days.

Our big, wacky festivals happens at the only time of year we can count on to be warm and sunny. The first is the Fremont Solstice parade that happens at the summer solstice. You’d think it would be warm then, but it’s not always. The saying around these parts is that summer doesn’t start till after the fourth of July. Still, painted people brave the weather every year to ride bikes naked!

And then there’s Bumbershoot, which takes place every year over Memorial Day weekend.

Of note: all our wacky nekkid times happen during the daytime. In part, because we have no shame and wanna bare our goodies in front of G-d and man, and our golden retrievers. But more because it’s ALWAYS cold here at night! ALWAYS! We don’t get those sultry summer evenings found in other parts of the country. If it’s dark in Seattle, you’re wearing a jacket.

A Gortex jacket.

And you’re not looking sexy.

So happy Mardi Gras, you Southerners! I salute you. Save some of that warm weather for me!

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15 Responses to Mardi Gras Week! (Aka, One Reason It’s Lame to Live in Seattle.)

  1. Sounds like a fun place to be *on occasion* – I have heard of the bumpershoot celebration before. Isn’t that British for umbrella? Sounds like a lot of naked fun up there- kind of like Key West North- Stay warm AND I bet you rock the Gortex look!

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    • Daisy Harris says:

      Well, Seattle IS a waterfront city! So we do have that party vibe on occasion. Summers are fantastic! We have a couple friends with boats, and we’ll go out with them on Lake Washington. The kids and Jon swim off the back. (Seattleites think Lake Washington is warm enough to swim in, but most *normal* people don’t.

      And at the height of summer, it doesn’t get dark till 10:30 at night. Which ROCKS! You can be out on the water, having a beer and sunning at 9 pm. We go for after-dinner swims at the beach. πŸ™‚

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  2. Lynn Rush says:

    Bumpershoot? What a fun word! I had to say that a couple times. LOL!!! I’ll send you some of our desert warmth…it was in the 80s this weekend.

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    • Daisy Harris says:

      It’s actually Bumbershoot. Bum-ber-shoot. πŸ™‚ I have no idea what it means- probably, “It’s not raining- hooray!”

      I’d be jealous, but the desert kind’ve scares me. It’s so dry! I always fear I’ll dehydrate. And it’s bright. We all get photophobic living here in the dark. Did you know Seattle has the highest rate of sunglass sales in the country? When the sun comes out, we all feel blinded unless we wear shades. πŸ™‚

      Love, a mole.

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  3. danicaavet says:

    I’m cracking up, Daisy. Sometimes our Mardi Gras parades are quite chilly, other times they’re hot enough to leave you panting for air. We never really know what it’ll be like, but whatever the weather, we don’t stop. Take Saturday for instance. We had a horrible storm rip through this area and everyone was calling around with one question in mind: Are they going to postpone the parade tonight? Which they did because even we’re not crazy enough to have a parade in the middle of a tornado warning. But yesterday, ah, yesterday was a gorgeous day for a parade…or two since they postponed Saturday night’s parade to roll after yesterday’s regularly scheduled one.

    You’ll have to take a trip down here for one! But with your luck, it’ll be freezing cold, LOL

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    • Daisy Harris says:

      I totally need to come visit! For a while there I fantasized about moving to Louisiana. Then my husband smacked me upside the head. “You freak out whenever it gets about 75 degrees!” he said. πŸ™‚

      But yeah…someday! Promise.

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  4. jeff7salter says:

    Enjoyed the post, Daisy.
    [BTW, Gortex makes me ‘hot’]

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    • Daisy Harris says:

      Well, I know how to rock the look. (No, not really. I think you need to have been born in these parts to truly work Gortex.) However, I do loves me some sandals with socks and a nice pair of overalls!

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  5. Lavada Dee says:

    Hi, waving at you from Olympia Wa. I loved the video and the cherry tree in bloom in a hail storm. Yep, Pacific NW weather. But living here like forever I’ve found it instills hope. Like today when the sun is shining and maybe, just maybe spring will be Spring this year.

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  6. Daisy Harris says:

    Woot! Olympia in the house!

    It is nice around here when spring actually behaves like spring. The cherry and apple blossoms are so beautiful. When they’re not being snowed on. πŸ™‚

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  7. Bethany says:

    Daisy,

    I got family out there in the Seattle area. They love living there, but you’re right about the few sunny days. When I was in high school I went for a week the summer between my sophomore and junior years–it was sunny almost that entire week with pretty much no rain (my sister told me that was extremely rare). Maybe it’s because I’m a Texan and brought the sun with me LOL

    When I got off the plane the temperature was brisk and I turned to the friend who picked me up and said “Where’s the Christmas trees? This is the type of weather Texas gets in winter!”

    Some years later I was back up there for another sister’s wedding. It was rainier at that point (July) and chilly (to me–I get cold easily, but I prefer to be cold rather than hot) so I got to experience more of the Seattle showers than I had the other time.

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  8. Daisy Harris says:

    Seattle has basically two seasons- the rainy season (late October through June) and the dry season (July-Sept.) We go months without a drop of rain- but only in the summer. I actually enjoy that our summers aren’t that hot, though.

    Eighty five degrees is fine in Hawaii where the hottest part of the day only lasts a few hours. But our summer days are LONG. So when it gets hot, it’s really punishing. Especially since almost no one in Seattle has air conditioning.

    Anything above 75 is considered really hot around here. Which suits me just fine. πŸ™‚

    Thanks for stopping by! It’s always nice to meet new Northwesterners!

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    • Bethany says:

      Daisy,

      Well I’m not up there, but I got 2 sisters who are (maybe that part of my post was a bit unclear). I’m still living in the Lone Star State.

      75 is NOTHING in Texas. That’s spring as far as we’re concerned. When you start getting 90 and above then that’s what I call “punishing” especially when you factor in humidity. Living without air conditioning down here would NOT be advised. (I don’t know how people managed before air conditioning came into play–maybe they went swimming a lot).

      Husband wants to go up to Seattle for a visit. He’s been other places in the Northwest but not there. I’ve been to Pike Place Market (I decided the Fish guys were goofy LOL they wanted to dump a shovel of ice on my sister who didn’t think that was a great idea. She very calmly said “I don’t think so..”)

      Texans wouldn’t know what to do with having 70 or below weather in the summer. First we’d be like “yay, at least it’s not sweltering” then we’d wonder if the end of the world was coming. πŸ˜€

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