Tuesday, February 20, 2007
It's Mardi Gras Day in New Orleans. I will be posting pictures over the next few days at my Flickr site.
As Alan Childress has told me many times, and locals keep repeating, the essence of Mardi Gras in New Orleans is not the drunken debauchery that may well take place, if you look for it, on Bourbon Street. It is really an occasion for family and friends. I walked most of the length of Uptown New Orleans today, starting early in the morning near Audubon Park by myself, meeting up with friends at the Zulu parade, and getting to the French Quarter with them by early afternoon.
I hope you enjoy the pictures. That's Mayor Nagin up at the left, riding at the head of the Zulu Parade, and me at the right. The most treasured "throws" of the Carnival season in New Orleans are the Zulu coconuts (hand decorated by the Zulu krewe members), which by law can no longer be thrown, for fear of injuring someone. You get one by sidling up to the float and asking for one. That's what I did. Having successfully secured my coconut, I decided to take a rest behind the front lines (in the chairs owned by Tulane Law School colleague Katherine Mattes, criminal clinical law professor, who with Professor Pam Metzger, runs the Tulane Law School's extraordinary and lauded clinic).