My husband is from New Orleans.
Which is like saying your husband is from Syracuse, right? Except it’s not.
Because New Orleans is magical.
We make the annual pilgrimage for Mardi Gras, as our schedules allow, so often that we keep our parade accouterment in a small storage unit for the next time we’re in town. We like to call our group the Big Booty Bead Bandits, but still haven’t figured out how to put that on a t-shirt.
This is as close as we have come:
We go the weekend before the weekend before Fat Tuesday. It’s just crazy enough that the kids get to see only a little bit of what they shouldn’t, and we get to drink all the frozen French 75s we want while feeling like we’re not being irresponsible.
Last year my husband surprised me with a pretty unique gift: a girlfriend and I were official members of the Krewe of Cleopatra, an all-female krewe, and we were going to ride with them during our 2019 Mardi Gras trip.
But seriously, who even knew that was a thing?!?!
We were going to ride in a real Mardi Gras parade, on a float, in a costume, and throw the big beads and toys and all the things at thousands of people who were screaming at us to pelt them in the face as we floated by.
But then it’s like a hundred questions, right? How many throws do we need to buy? What kind of throws? Will we have enough? Will we make friends? And will there be a bathroom on the float??
This turned into months of planning .. agonizing over the throws .. do we have enough .. glittering the cups .. glitter everywhere ..
So we did it, we lived to tell the tale, and we hoped we would love it, but not enough to want to do it again next year.
Yup, you guessed it, we’re going back again next year, February 14th to be exact, and our throw strategy is going to be on point!
Thank you, ladies, for having us back: we can’t wait to be your Galentines!
Every year since 1972, on the night of the first Friday of Carnival Season, the Krewe of Cleopatra rolls through the streets of New Orleans, parading with unparalleled spirit and flair, kicking off the city wide celebration in an unforgettable way.
Antiquity remembers Queen Cleopatra for being both the embodiment of grace and femininity. Her political opponents respected her as a formidable leader of strong will. The members of the Krewe of Cleopatra community look to these qualities as inspiration in their modern lives. Ladies of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to apply for Krewe Membership and the opportunity to enjoy an experience of a lifetime, riding this Mardi Gras season.