A couple of weeks ago, Hud and I made our annual trip down to Slidell to walk with our krewe in Mona Lisa and Moon Pie for Mardi Gras! This year's theme was Dance! Mona! Dance!
We drove down on Friday. Got there just in time to go to Charlotte's nephew's restaurant in Old Town Slidell. Oooooowee. Chris can cook.
Oh, it was all so very good. He also made a special dessert of chocolate bread pudding. Heaven.
The next day was parade day. We always do a lot of running around getting ready for the walk. It's a rarity for Slidell, but our parade happens at night. So we light the parade with flambeaux. They have to be taken to staging. You know, the last minute things that you have to do. Like putting the finishing touches on your dragon.
Charlotte put the dragon together with the help of her friend, Barbara. I'm going down on the train next year a week early to help Charotte make whatever it is we are next year. I made all of the hats, though. That dragon just wan't going to fit in the Mustang. It sure did make it easy to get dressed this year! We wore black so we would not be a distration from the main event - The Chinese Dragon Dance.
Our famed chef, Chris Case, in his Flambeaux attire.
Then it was time to line up and go for a stroll, chucking Moonpies to the masses!
Tom's children, Sherry and Tommy were our Flambeaux carriers. Time to start! We began with sparklers...
Beacuse the weather was gorgeous, the crowds turned out in droves. I haven't seen it this big! I knew I'd have to hoard my Moonpies to make it till the end.
Moonpie! Moonpie! Throw me somethin', Mister!
Oh! We had a great time. The Krewe threw over thirty thousand Moonpies. It wasn't enough. Lots of the krewe had to do the walk of shame on the final few blocks. But not me! I saved some to the people at the end of the line. Heeeee.
Whew. We did another one. Tomorrow will be fun.