Mardi Gras Memories

Well, Mardi Gras is officially over. Today is Ash Wednesday, which is when many Catholics go to church to get “ashed”. We never did that. Yes, I was raised Catholic, but we weren’t very devout. But that isn’t what today’s post is about!

No, it’s about Mardi Gras memories. As much as I promote Mardi Gras, I haven’t been to a parade in years; every time I go, I end up catching the flu. Which sucks. However, when I was a kid, if I didn’t get to go to the parades, I was depressed.

There were so many things to enjoy about the parades, not just the beads and toys and moon pies, but the other things between the floats. The bands were always fun to watch. But it was a special group that didn’t hit every parade I used to love.

They’re called the Selucrey Sophistocats. They’re a group of guys who march…okay, dance the entire parade route, handing out special beads and generally entertaining the crowds between floats. I used to love when they’d come by because they’re such characters.

Here’s a little taste of what they do:

Doesn’t that look like fun? When I was a teenager, it was kind of like a feather in your cap if one of these guys gave you a rose or something special like that. I’m rolling my eyes, but the things you think are awesome when you’re young…mais.

So Happy belated Mardi Gras!

About danicaavet

Danica Avet lives and writes in the wilds of South Louisiana. Unmarried with no children, she's the proud pet of two cats and a dog. With a BA in History, she decided there were enough fry cooks in the world and tried her hand at writing. Danica loves losing herself in the antics of her characters and blushes more often than not at the things they do. She likes to define her work as paranormal romance with a touch of Cajun spice, but most times her characters turn the notch up to "five-alarm fire"!
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7 Responses to Mardi Gras Memories

  1. Yep- the little stuff is important at Mardi Gras- where else do people go so crazy over trinkets!! LOL! I love these memories!


  2. jeff7salter says:

    where can I get a jacket like that?


  3. Daisy Harris says:

    Aw, childhood memories! I lived in NYC as a kid- so for me it was the Macy’s Day Parade. Granted, it was totally nuts, so we never went for very long, but it was so exciting!

    That, and one year my parents took me to China Town for the Chinese New Day celebration. It was at night and there was this dragon (w people under it.) Between the lights and the dark, I swear I thought the dragon was real!


  4. Lynn Rush says:

    I’ve never been much of a parade person. Maybe cuz I was dragged to all my older sister’s marching band competitions as a kid. LOL.


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