I tried to remember to take pictures, but it was hard amidst the madness. I did get some, esp of my crazy costume - i plan to wear the giant frizzy blonde mermaid wig at all important occasions from now on. hopefully the ones of the float and crowds will come out, but they really don't like us to take pics once the parade starts since our job then is to throw as much as possible to our subjects. The entire parade probably took about four hours. There was a huge pre-party and post-party, which were both fun as well. So, all told, I spent from 2 p.m. to midnight in total Mardi Gras overload. I managed to save some throws for you guys, so watch your mailboxes.... ;)
For those of you who heard about it, the shooting was not anywhere near my float. It occurred towards the front of the parade and seems to have been some kind of gang turf thing. It was really shocking since until now, parades and mardi gras have usually been a time when even the thugs call a temporary truce. They immediately arrested the guys responsible, but that doesn't help the poor lady who died and the other three who got hurt. And of course they were all innocent bystanders, which again shows the ultimate unfairness of these things. (btw Jen, thanks for your message and I'm sorry you were worried.) I'm fine - nobody in the parade got hurt.
So that sort of put a pall on the whole thing, but hopefully they'll make an example out of these guys and prevent any other acts like this from ever happening again.
As for now, I'm finishing up work and heading out to a parade tonight, a huge all-day parade tomorrow (my favorite one which rolls right near my apartment) and then who knows what else on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. We're off work until wednesday so I'm ready for the vacation! Happy Mardi Gras, y'all!