Krewe du Vieux 2009

Last year was my first encounter with Krewe du Vieux. It’s definitely “one for the locals;”  highly satirical and raunchy to the extreme, it’s also held early enough each year that it’s off of the regular Mardi Gras beer-and-hand grenade-swilling, boob-flashing tourist crowd’s radar. As KdV’s website says:

It is unique among all Mardi Gras parades in the city because it alone carries on the old traditions of Carnival celebrations, by using decorated mule-drawn floats with satirical themes, accompanied by costumed revelers dancing in the streets to the sounds of jazzy street musicians.

Unlike last year, where temperatures were in low 30’s, the weather was rather pleasant this year. I went wandering around before the parade kicked off. Down to the newly-renovated French Market. Unfortunately, it’s not so much a farmer’s produce market, it looks more, like Master Shake once said, “like a flea market threw up in here.” Because it is a flea market now. With stuff like this:

smgatorbeadsBecause we know nothing says “New Orleans” like
gator heads, beads and Bourbon Street signs.

Moving on: Back at Royal and Gov. Nichols for the parade, I was well-armed. Camera. Absinthe. Rye. Peychaud’s. Everything needed for a batch of Sazeracs. We were invited to watch the parade from my sister’s landlord’s balcony, and didn’t hesitate to accept the hospitable perch. Nola noted we might not get some of the goodies that are handed out by marchers, and we would miss out on some of the up-close raunchiness. But the photo ops were great, and many beads were nonetheless scored.

This year’s theme was “Krewe du Vieux’s Stimulus Package.”

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The guy in the back”s costume says, “I got your stimulus
package right here,” with an arrow pointing to his crotch.

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smcrowdfrombalconeyThe parade ended and the crowd moved down Royal.

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4 Responses to Krewe du Vieux 2009

  1. charlotte on February 8, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    You got some good shots from that vantage point!

  2. Heidi on February 8, 2009 at 11:19 pm

    So since I am in the second Roue Bourbon picture (I am the hot bunny with the bright pink boa around my top next to the tall bunny) do I have permission to steal your pic.

  3. Cold Spaghetti on February 14, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    It was great meeting you Thursday! THANK YOU for the MG guide!!

    This pictures are the best I’ve seen yet of KdV — makes me feel like I didn’t miss… much (*sniff!*) Next year for sure!

  4. Jon on February 15, 2009 at 1:31 am

    Nice photos….glad to see that y’all are really getting into the Mardi Gras spirit down in NOLA. Reading this post makes me feel “homesick” for the Quarter.

    Jon at Mississippi Garden

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