Eastbound & Down: Mardi Party Links, Pt. 2
A li'l lagniappe for your last-minute Mardi Gras trip
By Kate X Messer, 8:46PM, Thu. Feb. 16, 2012
Here's Part 2, the wrap of our pre-Mardi Gras ramp up. Austin's Carnival culture seems a lot less active than in recent previous years, but there are plenty of day-trippable destinations if you still want to get in on the fun. Here are some links to NOLA walking (and less-mainstream) groups, as well as a few other Galveston and Lake Charles go-sees.
Every year, I face an internal struggle: To go to Mardi Gras or to not to go to Mardi Gras. Friends who know what I do for a living and for whom I work have questioned my sanity in taking a raucous road trip so close to SXSW. But to me, the entire late-Winter-into-Spring season is a marathon, not – as the cliché says – a sprint. Here's how I see it: Mardi Gras is my last huddle before the big skrimmage.
Here are links to other NOLA groups, as well as some Galveston and Lake Charles fun:
Gay Mardi Gras from the Southern Decadence gang
‘titRex Krewe (their event has passed but their pics are adorbs)
Krewe of St. Anne
GREAT LIST OF WALKING CLUBS' EVENTS
Krewe of Eris
And then there's this: Couldn't find a general link, so here's a reposting this from Mardi Gras Parades Schedule (dang it, I love Pete):
Pete Fountain's Half-Fast Walking Club
The Half-Fast Walking Club is led by Pete Fountain. Originally all on foot, in recent decades it has also featured one or two small floats. Fountain and other local jazz musicians play through much of the parade. The krewe's current route, basically unchanged since the mid-1970s, starts very early on Mardi Gras morning, at world famous Commander's Palace Restaurant on Washington Avenue in the Garden District. The krewe then proceeds downtown on St. Charles Avenue and after a brief interlude on Canal Street, enters the French Quarter at Bourbon Street winds around the Quarter and eventually ends up at the New Orleans Riverfront Hilton in the early afternoon.
Mardi Gras Museum
Even if you are just driving through on your way east, consider a stop in at the Lake Charles CVB. Every Mardi Gras season, their main hall features the cute-cute-cute shoebox float competition. We make a point of stopping here each time we get into Louisiana, anyway, but the shoeboxes are an added draw.
All right, darlin's, see you at the parade. (And watch the blog for possible coverage while out there. I may or may not hit the keyboard 'til I get back.) Let the marathon begin!