Tuesday, February 24, 2009

walking to new orleans

It has been said that a Scotchman has not seen the world until he has seen Edinburgh; and I think that I may say that an American has not seen the United States until he as seen Mardi-Gras in New Orleans.
Mark Twain (1835-1910) humorist, writer, lecturer,
quote from a letter to Pamela Moffett, March 1859

I have yet to see the united states as I have yet to experience mardi-gras in new orleans. one of these days. the re-building of new orleans after the devastation of katrina continues, inch by inch, brick by brick, note by note, person by person. (although he lives in the pnw, blogging bud citizen k writes often and lovingly of new orleans. thanks citizen k! I appreciate the updates)



laissez les bon temps roulez
happy mardi gras!

photo: juggler in paris' richard lenoir market, march 2007

18 comments:

R.L. Bourges said...

Myself, I'm off to walk my fever around the block before putting it to bed but love the pic, the song and the memories both of marché Richard Lenoir and of New Orleans. Will check your links later, petite souris.

John Hayes said...

Great photo & great sentiment for the day-- like yourself I've never made it to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, & have only passed thru the city. & ditto the kudos to Citizen K., & to Editilla at the New Orleans Ladder.

ArtSparker said...

Sounds good, maybe we can meet up there.

Megan said...

I haven't been either. You know, that might be a good place for a blogger get together! We should try and plan it for some future year!

Megan said...

P.S. I love Fats.

red dirt mule said...

Hi Mouse,

great photographs around here! I lived 4 years in Houma, Louisiana....about an hour southwest of New Orleans (if south is even possible - it is!) We'd often drive in for a long weekend. Always a 'tour' spot for visiting friends. The best was being invited to a Mardi Gras crew ball after their ride. It was held in the football 'Dome.'

New Orleans is indeed a melting pot of ethnicity - heavenly food and great for people watching. But it always had its dark side as well.

Overall, our time in Louisiana was a good one: very friendly people; they love, love, LOVE babies (I had two!) and will give you the shirt off of their backs. I drive through on I-10 (avoiding New Orleans by swinging up through Baton Rouge) each summer on my trek to Georgia. It is sad to see the same fallen trees, the same tarps over rooftops, the same devastation as before. Not much has changed thanks to FEMA. Now that is subject for a Mule Rant !!!

thank you for the visual reminders.

xxx
rdm

California Girl said...

uh oh, now you've given me another blog to read: citizen k's.

As for New Orleans, my husband and I agree it is our favorite city in the U.S. Best eating, architecture and fun there is. I haven't seen it since Katrina but I'm ready to go again.

Sandra Leigh said...

Thank you for the song. It had been too long since I heard it. Happy Fat Tuesday! Gotta go make some pancakes.

Avid Reader said...

Happy FT Mouse! Party Hearty!

(I have a few Mardi Gras in NOLA to remember with both fondness and horror!) I once had to spring my friends from central lockup during mardi gras (they fell asleep in a no sleeping area) The magistrate he laughed and there was no fine.

Roy said...

(as the second line strikes up the syncopated rhythm)

Jakamo!
Jakamo!
Jakamo fee nah nay!

Jakamo!
Jakamo!
Jakamo fee nah nay!

Get those beads ready, it's time to sashay down Bourbon Street. And definitely trot over to Citizen K's blog for an all-around good time.

BTW, Kim, I should have a post up about pre-Spring fertility dances on the high seas off the coast of Newport within the next couple of hours. Just to show you who else celebrates Carnival this time of year.

Candie Bracci said...

This is a place I always wanted to go,i was very sad when the disaster happened and i'm sure that city must have a great soul and despite of evrything I 'm sure people over here must celebrate how they can.Happy Mardi Gras!!

Loveanewidea said...

I was there when I was ten - I remember because it was my birthday and our traveling truck was on huge lifts in a garage there, and one of the mechanics gave me a dime(big money back then)! And, went back again for my honeymoon. But have yet to experience Mardi Gras there! Maybe some day...

e said...

I visited New Orleans several times as a kid, but never during Mardi Gras. I had Carnival in Panama during this time of year, both a festive, as well as religious bent, with music, dancing, food but very little in the way of problems associated with Mardi Gras.

There have been several conferences for those in my profession in New Orleans since Katrina, and what I've heard is that the nicer parts of the city and many tourist areas were restored quickly while the ninth ward and similar areas, languish and are still in need of attention. I have also heard that several public housing projects are due for demolition and will be replaced by upscale development, effectively displacing the people and communities that once lived there. FATS rocks!

Saretta said...

I've been to New Orleans, but not at Mardi Gras...oh dear...another thing on the to-do list! ;-)

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Hmm, sitting here with a foot tapping to N'Awlins...
Well, I haven't been there either - the closest I've got is Niagara Falls, I somehow don't think that counts! ;-)

There's a little something for you at my place.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

rlb - i hope your fever has broke and you are feeling better!

john - thanks will check out the ladder.

sparker - ;)

megan -we just have to find a blogger to host a convergence and put us all up!

rdm - I only had the good fortune of visiting n.o. one time (obviously not at mardi gras) - but our visit spanned many days - this was before katrina. I was thoroughly charmed by the city and the people....you are spot on when you mention everyone's generosity. re fema rant on....they have deserved all the rants directed that way, but hopefully things are changing ....

california girl - hope you get back soon! ah the food.....

sandra - thanks for dropping by. been wondering about the back story on foods such as pancakes and doughnuts being associated with mardi gras.... need to do some research!

avid - great story. I did make a very tasty pot of jambalaya for dinner last night!

roy - off to check your post today...yesterday was filled with much and didn't get to cruising the cyberhood.

j.h. sorry your comment will be removed.... borders on an 'ad' - the mouse is an ad free zone....

candi - I think n.o. is a very old (and deep)soul of a city.....

loveandwide - sweet memories for sure...and hope you have many more for n.o. in the years to come....

e - conferences certainly have financially helped n.o.; can you imagine that if it didn't have the reputation and weather for hosting conferences what n.o. post katrina could be....and we think it's been slow....of course as you point out the restoration and rebuilding is tremendously biased...

saretta - even if our lists are long, it is comforting to have them, eh?

mouse (aka kimy) said...

av - niagra falls is just a bit north! you were commenting as I was commenting.... missed you! will be dropping by to visit.

Sandra Leigh said...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrove_Tuesday

The idea was to use up whatever fat was in the house (and eggs, according to Wiki) before the beginning of Lent, during which, I guess, you lived on hardtack or something!