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29-JAN-2005 E. Fitzgerald

Royal Maids Approach

Today was the Aladdin Mardi Gras parade. This picture shows the Royal Maids approaching with the long line of floats and bands behind them. As a parent of the Royal Maids, I sat in a special section of the reviewing stands, high above the crowds, which made for a great place to get some photos.

Mardi Gras in the New Orleans area is a family tradition. Families gather along the parade route with their blankets and picnic lunches to sit and wait for the parade to arrive. It is a wonderful time to be with family and friends and a great way to spend time with your kids. Riding in a Mardi Gras parade is something that many families do together and is a wonderful experience. It takes a lot of work to organize 500 members, bands, marching clubs, and others who parade. Some krewes are larger and some are smaller. There are krewes that are just women or men; some are family organizations with mixed krewes. Many people only see the French Quarter side of Mardi Gras and don’t get to appreciate the family tradition. You will be seeing lots of Mardi Gras photos from me for the next week and a half as my family experiences the Mardi Gras that many outside of southern Louisiana don’t get to see. Here is one of my favorites from the day.

There are more in my carnival gallery and lots more to process.

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Guest 01-Feb-2005 23:38
Looks like a bunch of fun!
Karen Leaf01-Feb-2005 03:20
Just great Elaine! Enjoying all the festivites that'll lead up to the weekend!
Pedro Libório30-Jan-2005 21:59
quite a great register here!
lovely done.
Lee Rudd30-Jan-2005 20:48
great shot, capturing the float in its surroundings!
Guest 30-Jan-2005 19:07
Oh what fun...wish I could go!
Neal Nye30-Jan-2005 12:49
Looks like a lot of fun. Your explanations are a big help to us northerners.
Stu30-Jan-2005 12:01
Excellent shot, Elaine!
Karen Stuebing30-Jan-2005 12:00
Beautiful shot and float. You're right. You and others from southern LA are the only way I'll get to see the Mardi Gras so keep em coming. Along with the commentary.
Leo Charette30-Jan-2005 11:21
Oh I love a parade! Whoo hoo.
Robin Reid30-Jan-2005 07:32
Way to go Elaine... an excellent gallery and PaD along with being the Mom of two beautiful Maids.
Gary Winters30-Jan-2005 05:41
Thanks for the great backstory; I'm learning a lot from you and Gayle. Fascinating and fun!
Gayle P. Clement30-Jan-2005 05:34
You caught the line of floats well.
Guest 30-Jan-2005 05:29
Fun photo, Elaine! Looks like a wonderful time!