It's Mardi Gras Time on the West Bank!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Crescent City Living LLC Licensed LA RE Commission

Believe it or not, the official Mardi Gras season of 2009 has begun.

Krewe of ChoctawTonight, we will be at Mardi Gras World in Algiers for the Krewe of Choctaw's Annual Big Pow-Wow (ball). I can't wait to see all of the beautiful costumes finally completed - I have big expectations for quite a show from the bits and pieces that I've picked up over the year.

The Captain (aka my hubby) has been very secretive lately. He refused to tell me what color his costume is this year, which is a pain in the you-know-what since I normally try to find a complimentary color dress. I sure hope that brown and bronze doesn't clash with him. Also, he has kept this years Godrey Boudreax Memorial Award winner a secret as well. Where's the love from him when this year's theme is "The Mardi Gras of Love"???

The real love came from Jackie Clarkson's office this past week, when it was announced that Choctaw will return to their traditional starting point in Algiers. The applause from members was thunderous, since we haven't paraded in Algiers since 1999 and have been working to get back there for years.

This change brings the return of a full parade weekend to the West Bank, with Cleopatra on Friday (2/13/09), Choctaw on Saturday (2/14/09) and Alla on Sunday (2/15/09). Get your parking spots along General de Gaulle scoped out early - if you wait until the day of the parade, you will be out of luck and stuck walking to the route. Don't forget to watch for the special throw items this year - heart shaped spears, special krewe beads and the return of doubloons!

I'll be back with photos of the Pow-Wow tomorrow....until then, have a great day and enjoy some king cake while the season lasts.

2009 Mardi Gras calendar of parades and route maps


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Amanda Evans
DFW Living - Fort Worth, TX
Real Estate Broker - Fort Worth Texas

Dangit!  I wish I was there!  I want to see what Captain Hubby is going to do this year!  Please try to video it for me. 

I hope you have an excellent time, Lisa!

Jan 10, 2009 01:56 AM #1
Connie Goodrich
Keller Williams Realty - McKinney, TX
CRS ABR (McKinney Realtor)Texas

Have a great time and hope the surprises will all be great memories and fun!

Jan 10, 2009 02:14 AM #2
C Tann-Starr
Tann Starr & Associates, Inc. - Palm Bay, FL

Wow. I am really looking forward to this update. Sounds like mad fun! Awesome!

Jan 10, 2009 02:48 AM #3
Edward & Celia Maddox
The Celtic Connection Realty - Queen Creek, AZ

We were in New Orleans for a conference in 2007 and thoughly enjoyed the special ambience of New Orleans and the people there.  Have a great time at Mardi Gras and have a prosperous New Years!

Your Queen Creek Real Estate Specialist


Jan 10, 2009 02:49 AM #4
John Walters
Frank Rubi Real Estate - Slidell, LA
Licensed in Louisiana

Have fun Lisa.  I now know I can find king cakes and eat them without guilt.

Jan 10, 2009 04:45 AM #5
Judi Morgan
RETIRED - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX Real Estate

Hey Lisa, I've been waiting for the Mardi Gras Posts!!!  WOOHOO!!   It's Mardi Gras time and I really wish I were there!!!  

I know you're having a great time this evening and I can not wait to see the pictures tomorrow!!!

Jan 10, 2009 11:14 AM #6
Ann Cummings
RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent

Hi Lisa - I can't wait to start seeing some pictures of all kinds of Mardi Gras things!  I've been down before Mardi Gras and after, but never during, and one day I'd love to be there for that.  I have a bag full of beads though.  ;-)

I'll be back to check on some pictures!

Jan 10, 2009 12:26 PM #7
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Lisa, I hope you are having a blast right now!  How exciting, I would love to be there for Mardi Gras one year!

Jan 10, 2009 01:07 PM #8
Susan Mangigian
RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches

I'd love to be there with you and I am looking forward to the posts to come!  Have a great time!

Jan 10, 2009 11:43 PM #9
Lisa Heindel
Crescent City Living LLC - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans Real Estate Broker

Hey everyone!  I just posted some pictures and video on facebook: You can see them here


Jan 11, 2009 06:31 AM #10
Judi Morgan
RETIRED - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio, TX Real Estate

Lisa, after you commented on my post, I came running over to read all about last night's Mardi Gras Ball and look at the pictures.  :(  Not posted yet -- ok, ok, I know it takes a little while to get it written, pictures uploaded, downloaded, etc....I have to run a couple of errands.  By the time I get back home, I hope it's ready.  I'm not putting any pressure on you -- just saying -- I'm looking forward to reading it.  So get busy!

Jan 11, 2009 06:32 AM #11
Kathy Passarette
Creative Home Expressions - Mount Sinai, NY
L.I. Staging/Decorating

Lisa ~ Brown and bronze sounds lovely; I don't think you'll clash! Can't wait to see your pictures.  I remember last year's were great!

Jan 11, 2009 06:58 AM #12
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