Sunday, February 03, 2008

Mardi Gras comes to Kingwood-and you are THERE!

There are loads of Mardi Gras events across the Gulf Coast area; Kingwood was no exception.
While definitely bush league in style, it was close by (a five minute drive) and so Laura, Bernie and I headed out Saturday afternoon to see the parade and the street fair.
Want to come along?
OK we go!
Lady riding on a float...she had best mask in my opinion.

One of the cars carrying a King of the local Krewe.
A Krewe is a group that does stuff together for Mardi Gras.
Or something like that.

The thing to do is to stand along the parade route and yell out "Throw me some beads Mister!" to the people in the parade.

If you feel really festive you spend a few bucks and buy a mask to wear too.
We're not clear what Elvis had to do with Mardi Gras, but there sure were a lot of them.

Dogs usually have their own parade: They are known as the Barkus Krewe.

Beads, feathers, pink dye are all part of the fun.
This dog just did feathers.

Isn't this lad absolutely adorable?
No wonder why so many beads were thrown his way!
Bernie and I got a few beads ourselves.
I promise I didn't "flash" for them; Bernie threaten to.

Laura got a really cool set of beads that included a mask!

The street booth to adopt homeless dogs had this CD for sale.
Like dogs need songs to be happy...

I'm just amazed this kid isn't falling over from the weight of the beads.
Dressing up "Mother-Daughter" is never too late to do that, right?

I swear I do not know these people.

Total freak.

These two are rather nice together though.
A sushi dinner worked wonders.
Of course when you visit a street fair you do need to do a little shopping.
Where else would you be able to find cow hide toilet seats?

Such a lovely decorator touch.
So homey, so cozy.
So Texas.
(The funny boot shape is the outline of Louisiana. Why would anyone want the outline of the state of Louisiana on their toilet seat lid?)
Well now, wasn't that was fun?
Now I have a ton of beads draped over the lamp in my office.
And something to blog about, right?


Anonymous said...

Cute, cute, cute!

This reminds me of my collection of Mardi Gras beads. I would add to them each year, and I kept them - of all places! - wrapped around the stick shift on my little 5-speed. When I sold that car to my son's best friend, I forgot to remove my beads. I asked him for them the next time I saw him, and he asked if he could keep them...he liked having them there! A couple of years later, when he totaled the car, he forgot to remove them, and off they went to the junkyard. Oh, well.

Lovella ♥ said...

Very fun, I enlarged all the pictures to allow the warmth to seep into my office.
What you didn't mention is that people were wearing LIGHT jackets or no jackets and flip flops. Oh wow, this mornind we checked your weather and it looks ever so warm.
The beads are quite amazing. I particularly liked Mr. B's choker. Quite amazing.

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

That was a very unique least to my eyes! Wow, cowhide toilet seats - just proves we're never too old to see something new.

I love Mardi Gras beads; they are so shiny and pretty and colorful...

Great family photos too, you all look good in pink...well, except Bernie of course!

Anonymous said...

What a fun day you all must of had! My day was brighter just watching your blog. Mom S.