Monday, February 20, 2017


That's right...they even have a parade for dogs during Mardi Gras. It's the Krewe of Barkus.

And you can guess who just had to go.

I've never seen Armstrong Park so crowded. It's like every dog in North America showed up and brought their humans with them.
Many dogs and owners were in costumes, the these this year being pirates. Murphy and Belle just rocked some casual beads instead.

Orleans Parish Deputies on the job.

The crowds were enthusiastic and heavy. Lots of dog treats being tossed to the dogs. Belle won't usually take food from strangers but I think Murphy gained about three pounds--he grabbed everything.
The dogs got a lot of love.

At the reviewing corner, the heads of the parade singled Murphy and Belle out as examples of German Sheherds, "known for their proud, regal bearing and their loyalty".
A beautiful day and a fabulous crowd.
Belle made a new friend.
And this poor man was just trying to eat his chicken when Murphy, followed by Belle, zeroed in on him and started shamelessly begging for it.
Everyone else was cracking up as these two were focused on this man and his chicken to the exclusion of everything else. Belle even sat as the man tried to explain that he didn't want to share his lunch,

But they got no chicken...alas. They just had to content themselves with countless dog biscuits from everyone else.

And lots of dog love.

It was so crowded, between the walkers and the spectators, that it took us two hours to get from Armstrong Park down to Jackson Square and back. I got sunburnt. In February. (Smoke that, people in Michigan and West Virginia!) And a great time was had by all.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Parade of Chewbaccus

Yep. Even the geeks and nerds have a parade. It's sci-fi themed, and dedicated to the Sacred Wookie, Chewbacca himself.


But I went. And worse, I helped get them rolling because they needed a volunteer at the last minute.

Lots of camera fodder tho.

Gotta love it when space mice bring you pizza.

One thing about this's never dull or boring.

Got another parade today...and the mutts are coming, so stand by for the chaos.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Parade. In the rain.

So last night, several parades rolled through New Orleans. The rain didn't stop most of them. Parades are huge productions. So I made sure to be out there in the rain too, to show my support as much as to see them.

Plus with fewer people, that should mean more "throws", or loot tossed off the floats, for me.

The typical parade float--if there is such a thing--is a two-story platform done up very ornately in accordance with a Krewe theme of the year. It's different each year and every one of these will be taken apart and remanufactured next year as a different float. And they are loaded with costumed krewe members who throw beads, cubs, stuff toys and all sorts of other crap treasure into the crowds.

And the reward: Almost more stuff than I could carry home.
No idea what I'm going to do with it all but it's mine, dammit. I earned it.

Still another week of this to go. Blogging will be sparse but interesting until them.