Before I begin, don't forget to read my review of Novella Carpenter's Farm City!!!! Normally I would never push my reviews, but it's seriously one of the best books I've ever read and I really think everyone should read it! Now on to the fun stuff from today.
This has become one of my favorite blog posts to write! The way we celebrate St. Patricks Day in New Orleans is, of course, with a parade. But not just any parade, oh no. We have to be over the top of course. So instead, we have floats as usual, we get drunk as usual, but then we add things to it. Things like...old men walking around in kilts with flowers which they'll give to a woman for a kiss, or drunken women doing the same with men....every now and then you'll see a man or a woman willing to exchange a rose with the same sex depending upon how much alcohol they've had :p
And then comes my absolute favorite part. This has always been my favorite parade because of the throws. For Mardi Gras, you get beads, cups, doubloons and then there are the trinkets like stuffed animals, play swords, bouncy balls...stuff like that. They have all of that for the St. Patrick's Day parade as well but then there are VEGETABLES and FRUIT that they throw too! And the most prized vegetable of all is the cabbage. Our record to date is 19 cabbages. Of course you get so excited about this and then go home and think "what the fuck are we going to do with all of this cabbage" and get SO SICK of eating cabbage. Also, they throw a lot of Irish Spring soap but I didn't catch any this year.
I remember the first time I posted about this parade people were like "WTF??? Y'all do some crazy ass shit in New Orleans" because I posted about it like it was just another day, another parade. I've grown up with this parade my whole life and it's always been my absolute favorite. It didn't occur to me that this would be a very strange thing to people who have never experienced it so the comments just cracked me up the first time I posted about it. I laughed so hard. So here are some pictures from today's festivities:
Ana for the Cthulian creatures :p We always watch the parade from a friend of my dads' house and they always boil crawfish and shrimp! They were extra spicy and delicious this year! My favorite part of a crawfish boil is the sausage as you can see me stealing a piece here :p
One of my favorite things about parades here are the free dinnerware :p Me and Matt have accumulated a nice collection of mardi gras cups...which is what we call plastic cups in New Orleans, lol. I got about 8 of these today to add to our collection!
And finally, the loot from this year...this is just the food, not the beads and other trinkets that we got. We ended up with 5 cabbages, 2 bell peppers, 4 moon pies, 1 bag of cookies, 1 zucchini, 17 potatoes, 10 bags of mini carrots, 1 head of garlic, 4 onions, 1 brussel sprout (yes 1 brussel sprout there in the bottom right corner), 1 banana, 6 carrots (mom had to make dirty jokes about them too), 5 oranges, 3 lemons, 1 box of lucky charms, 3 pixie stix, and one pack of peanut butter crackers. I see lots of stews, pot roasts, cabbage dishes and god knows what else in our future!