Around this time of year when I was growing up, I would be getting excited about the Mardi Gras season approaching. Near our home and school, there were two parades in particular that were exciting to us, Pandora and Hercules. They would come up Paris Avenue and turn around and come back up to Robert E. Lee boulevard. What this meant was that if we were in the neutral ground (which we made sure we were) my brother and I could get bombarded with doubloons and beads from both sides. Another particularly fun parade was Momus, always on a Thursday night, uptown. The floats would poke fun at something and were funny and they had the flambeaus, boys with spike metal poles with fire on the end of them. We enjoyed them each year.
Unfortunately, all these parades are history now. But I am still excited as Mardi Gras approaches. There are new parades out there (and old ones that weren’t a part of our family tradition at the time). I am looking forward to getting into a new routine with our kids so they’ll have some fun to remember when they are an adult one day sitting in a coffee house.
What traditions in your community would you like to see passed on to your family or children around you?
All the best,