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H1, H2, & Big Boy Life on the (L)edge

Begun in the aftermath of Katrina, this blog was a way to keep family and friends updated as the family struggled to return to a semblance of normalcy. Now, more than four years later, the memories are still strong, the family is, to some extent, scattered. However, life did go on, and this is our story.

February 17, 2007

THE TIME HAS COME, THE WALRUS SAID

The madness that is Carnival in New Orleans is in full swing!! If you need to get anywhere in the city in a hurry, you'd better be there already or you won't make it! What with parades, and moving floats, and masses of people going to areas that they don't normally go, traffic is horrible most of the time on the major arteries of the city. It's a real exercise in patience to go just about anywhere.

OB got in late yesterday evening, and H1/DIL1 and their Houston friend (HF1) arrived in the wee hours of the morning. Looks like we've got a great group for this final weekend leading up to Mardi Gras.

Tomorrow is "Bacchus Sunday". We normally go uptown to St. Stephen's Church on Napolean Avenue early in the AM. After securing our spot, we hunker down to watch three parades over the course of the day. One memorable year the Budweiser Clydesdales vans pulled up right in front of us and unloaded the horses. We were treated to watching as they were harnessed and brushed and prepared for the parade. The kids were thrilled!

Monday we're hosting a crawfish boil for family, friends and Uganda seminarians. Hopefully it won't be too cold. We'll be cooking in the afternoon, eating late afternoon to early evening, just as the temps begin to drop. Afterward many will head over to the CBD to watch the Krewe of Orpheus parade.

We wish you all a very Happy Mardi Gras which, by the way, is a holiday from work here in New Orleans. Because of the many parades that day, it is difficult to travel to and from work, so most businesses (other than restaurants and groceries) are closed.

Laissez les bon temps roullez!!!

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