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Monday, November 2, 2009

Mardi Gras In November

On Day #4 after eating our $19 breakfast buffet we caught the shuttle and headed for Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World!

We were greeted with a sign warning us that a movie is being filmed. It is called "Knucklehead" and stars some people I don't really know. It was cool to hear "quiet on the set" and "rolling."

They gave us "King Cake" to eat in the beginning. A small plastic baby is baked inside and normally whoever gets the baby in their piece has to host the party next year and provide the cake.

On the tour we learned how they make the floats and props. This is a design for next year.

Alot of the people props get new clothes made out of packing material.

Alot of the props are made of layers of styrofoam. The guy doing this job was covered from head to toe in little pieces.

The sides of the floats are covered with cotton cloth and painted white. Then the color is added. At the end of each parade they paint over the design with white and start again. The cloth is changed every 5-6 years.

It was amazing to see these giant creations in the building. I bet it is even better rolling down the street.

We got to play with a few large head masks. Did you know the people who ride the floats must pay to ride ($500-$1500) AND must provide their own "throws" (beads, stuffed animals, plastic cups, coins)? The "throws" can cost them $400-$500.

We also had a little fun with some costumes and masks.

Mardi Gras World is a MUST DO in New Orleans. We had a BLAST!
We took the Algiers Ferry across the Mississippi River to historic Algiers Point. This cargo ship was passing by...I am in love with all the ships and boats.

We had lunch at the Dry Dock Cafe.

We met Dr. Hubby back at the hotel and headed for the Riverwalk Shopping Mall. I got tickled when I saw the "Southern Food and Beverage Museum"...leave it to the southerners to have a museum dedicated to FOOD! Ironically, DO NOT eat at the Riverwalk Food Court...everything was YUCK!

We had time to go to the Canal Street Mall...very upscale. In SAKS I went straight for the Louis Vuitton section. I held a Speedy 30 handbag in black...I wanted to marry it, but couldn't since I am already married...LOL! It was only $2240! Yikes!
Tomorrow we are having "Audubon Day."

12 comments:

Cynthia said...

Looks like you're having tons of fun! Mardi Gras world is a way to do Mardi Gras that won't get you ex'd. LOL!

Unknown Mami said...

Soak it all in!

An alligator head!!! Yuck.

The Blonde Duck said...

I must go to the museum dedicated to food....

Kaci said...

What a fun time!!!!

laterg8r said...

i love being on vaca with you LOL - looks like a blast :D

tammy said...

How fun. I had no idea about the floats. So glad you're giving us the grand tour.

Cherie said...

I think it would be really interesting to see how the floats are made. I know that Mardi Gras - or the prep for it is pretty much a year round event.

OceanDreams said...

LV is so expensive and you had a blast with the costumes, love it!

Creative Mish said...

Love the pictures of the floats!! Great fun!

Sue said...

I am so there! I can remember everything..I needed an escape to somewhere fun today.


Had no idea on the floats..very interesting.

kado! said...

i had no idea it cost people SO much to be on a float in the parade...interesting!

mother goose said...

so much fun! i have never been but i am enjoying all your pics