Madri Gras 2016

Madri Gras in New Orleans is full of color, noise and excitement. . In five days we watched about 15 different groups parading by our hotel. There were parades in the morning, the afternoon, and at night. Each of the parade groups had a theme, some were humorous others were a bit more serious but all were colorful. There were many marching bands among the floats and also some groups walking in costume. Our Road Scholar group stayed at the Intercontinental Hotel. We had a grandstand reserved just for us right outside the hotel which made it very convenient in case we got cold or hungry. The weather was clear but rather cold and at times quite windy. We had great continental breakfasts at the hotel and the group went to local restaurants for lunch. We had several side trips including a city tour and a visit to one of the typical New Orleans above ground cemeteries. On the final day we had an all day buffet as we watch the final parades. We all collected many beads and other items which were thrown by the people on the floats. We arranged some of our captures on the bed for display.

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We took time out from the parades one morning to visit Mardi Gras world. This is a company which manufactures the elaborate figures that are used on the floats. They also constructed some of the floats for many of the parades. It was an interesting behind the scenes look at things that made up the parades.

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In all of the parades that were numerous marching bands. Many were from local high schools or colleges and others came from some distance.

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