For the past week or so, no one dares venture up to the north end of town to the mall, because that is where the chaos, better known as Mardi Gras, begins. The folks who ride on floats are collectively called “krewes”, and those krewes start the day of the parade riding around in open-air buses dancing and drinking until time to get on their floats. From the float they throw colorful beads and toys to the parade goers. This goes until they either 1)fall off during the parade (sorry to say this has happened!) Or 2)get off the float at end of parade route.
All these parades lead up to the one huge day of parades called Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, which comes before the very religious (read: hungover) day of Ash Wednesday. If you are Catholic, you may already know some of this history of Carnival. My favorite Cuz might not appreciate some of my negative tones, but she loves me anyway.
Traditionally, Mardi Gras is the final season to indulge oneself before the time of Lent, where one gives up something that they really love until Easter Sunday arrives. I’m sure you could find more detailed information about the origin and history of this big party season.
So, it didn’t surprise me when I walked into a Lafayette cultural center to see these lovely dolls, riding a little float, for sale in the gift shop. Aren’t they just
gaudy lovely?!! If collecting Holiday Barbie is your thing, then you would LOVE to get your collective hands on these hand-dressed babies!!! Maybe I should have bought a pair and auctioned them off on E-Bay. Darn, maybe next year I’ll be enterprising.