Thursday, February 19, 2015

Endymion

The Saturday before Mardi Gras (which, in other parts of the world this year was simply acknowledged as Valentine's Day) is when the Krewe of Endymion always rides in New Orleans.  Endymion is one of the "super" krewes that has one of the largest parades of the season.  Their mid-city route starts near City Park and ends hours later with an extravaganza in the Superdome.  A family Brent knows through work heard we were coming to Louisiana and generously invited us to join them at their home right at the start of the parade route.  So as crazy as it seems, like going into NYC on New Year's Eve, we headed off into NOLA for Mardi Gras again!



Victoria had secured us parking spaces and a spot right. on. the. street. complete with chairs and a step stool for the kids to climb up on for better viewing, which was directly in front of their street side elevated porch!  Seriously, this is rock star access!!!  Uncle Glenn and his boys drove straight from Houston in time to join us before the festivities even began.





This year's celebrity grand marshall was country superstar Luke Bryan.  Unfortunately that didn't mean much to me, but there he was right in front of me.





We truly had a spectacular view as the parade rolled by, starting with the Captain, Queen, and King.





The theme was "Fantastic Voyages."  The floats this year were outfitted with state of the art LED lighting.  Over 2800 "revelers" ride on over 30 floats and throw out millions of beads and other collectibles.  It's easy to spot Joseph everywhere in his Nats shirt - we went with red for Valentine's Day instead of the traditional purple, green and gold.








We were there for a good four hours, alternating spots from street side to porch.  Typically at a parade like this you wouldn't expect to catch much, but the krewes can actually see people on porches and balconies better and tend to throw tons of stuff their way.






The parade lasted well into the evening, and the boys had the absolute best time.








In case you have absolutely no idea what these parades are like, here are two short videos as an example.  It just goes on like than for hours and hours!



This is just a sampling of the goods we brought home.  There were also tons of cups, doubloons, toys, stuffed animals, frisbees, footballs, etc.  My favorite, being Valentine's Day and all, were the strings of red and pink of heart shaped beads.



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