Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Beyond -- Mardi Gras!


On rare occasion I take you "beyond" but today is the last day of Carnival, celebrated here as Mardi Gras.

After three weeks of frivolity and merriment, the final parades will roll tonight as tomorrow marks the beginning of Lent. As the King and Queen of Mardi Gras rule over their loyal subjects, the youngest of party-goers is dressed in her finest coat and hat.

The little Page to the King seems a bit forlorn awaiting the start of the parade when he will throw beads and toys to the crowd... Perhaps he is thinking of the beautiful girl in red!


Mardi Gras in Mobile*
Mobile, Alabama

* (with several links including a live web cam of the parades)






Tomorrow we will be back in Paris.



27 comments:

Bergson said...

le jeune garçon ne semble pas être heureux du défilé : il voulait être le roi ?

RICHARD MOISAN said...

Merci Genie, pour nous avoir fait profiter un peu de ton carnaval. Les habits semblent très beaux. Ce devait être une très belle fête.
Bonne journée!

Suzi said...

Nothing wrong with going a field once in a while.
mardi Gras is celebrated in Sydney at this time of year too--- it's a major celebration for the gay community here.

Looking forward to tomorrow.
x

Deborah said...

Are you sure that the little page in blue hasn't got some French blood in him?! That expression...

biebkriebels said...

They are so beautiful dressed! They look like a real queen and king, almost like ours. The kids are adorable.

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Gorgeous and colorful images.Love the images of the girl in red!

Cezar and Léia said...

Oh Genie, thanks so much for these pictures!
It's an adorable Carnival and very different from Brazil!
Lovely moment!Thanks for sharing!
Léia

hollyb said...

Great shots! Hate that we had to leave before the big day but we made it home safe & sound and will be dreaming of Mardi Gras and parades all day!

JM said...

The queen looks gorgeous and the kids are so cute! :-)

Halcyon said...

Nice! I like a look at Mobile every once in ahwile. :)

Starman said...

Could a kid possibly look any more bored than he?

Forest Dream Weaver said...

Thank you for this Genie,the museum exhibits look wonderful,it all sounds very exciting and enjoyable! Rx.

TheChieftess said...

Delightful shots Genie!!! I especially like the little girl in red! I didn't know that mardi gras was celebrated in Alabama...all this time I thought it was just a New Orleans and Brazilian thing!!!

suzanneberry said...

amazingly beautiful shots!!!

Virginia said...

I recognize the petit garçon! He looks adorable. Perhaps he's had a bit too much frivolity! Party on!
V

Loree said...

That poor little page. He looks so dejected.

o2 said...

Thanks for taking us to Alabama ! This little boy makes me wanna go and cheer him up ! :-) Happy Carnival Genie ! A bientot

Paula said...

Y'all have so much fun during Mardi Gras, Nawlins eat your heart out!

Alexa said...

It all looks very festive (even the pensive little page)!
Thanks for sharing these with us, Genie.

Ninny said...

No Mardi Gras here in Oklahoma...we celebrate the coming Easter with tornadoes instead. But the festivities elsewhere look fun!

Liz

M said...

Wonderful photos of Mardi Gras! So glad you took us to Mobile for a quick jaunt.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Bergson -- Eh, peut-être... Je crois qu'il est fatigué.

Richard -- Merci, mon ami... Mardi Gras est finit maintenant. C'était une bonne journée.

Suzi -- It is a part of our heritage here and enjoyed by all ages...

Deborah -- Oh, I think he probably does... Yes, that is definitely "a look"

biebkriebels -- The robes of the king and queen weigh about 80 pounds and the queen has two escorts to help carry (drag) the train

Carol -- She is adorable and her mom was dressed in red as well...

Léia -- The fêtes are different around the world, all colorful!

Holly -- Missed you today, my princess

JM -- Merci, mon ami

Halcyon -- Thanks... it just seemed like a good day to show a celebration enjoyed in France, but across the ocean...

Starman -- Bored and tired of the many, many parades, events, tableaux

R -- Merci, mon amie

Chieftess -- Mobile is "the original Mardi Gras" in the US -- check out the links. It is a very festive, family friendly 3-week party

Suzanne -- Merci, mon amie

Virginia -- His party had partied out!

Loree -- He lived to see another day... so funny!

o2 -- He perked up once the parade rolled and he threw his beads, moonpies, doubloons, toys, and serpentine.

Paula -- Yes, you would know how much fun we have on the coast... Nice to see you again, neighbor!

Alexa -- Festive and exhausting... merci!

Liz -- You are funny... tornadoes, indeed!

Marie -- Merci, mon amie!

Jack said...

I wondered if I would ever see Mobile here. The queen is kind of pretty . . .

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Jack -- Mostly I resist... I have a blog "reserved" for Mobile, but need to wait until I have more time... cannot imagine another daily blog... whew!

Miss Sadie said...

Just a touch different from a pancake supper in a church basement. Though the one we attended went quite nicely. Modest, by the standards you've displayed, but nice.

«Chacun a son gout.»

martinealison said...

Ce fut certainement une belle journée de clôture de carnaval à en juger les belles photos... Un bon moment de joie et de partage...
Bisous

Kate said...

The red coat on the child is fantastic!!!! Reminds me of your daughter's coat in a previous post!