Mardi Gras is big around here. Maybe not as big as in New Orleans, but the kids have 3 days off of school to celebrate. In New Orleans, they have a week off! It is amazing to see the free market enterprise system in full swing! The town is decorated like it is Christmas, but in the purple, gold and green colors. I think there are 21 parades in about 3 weeks specifically for this holiday. King Cakes are big too! It is really like a giant cinnamon roll that is decorated with the Mardi Gras colors. There is a tiny trinket sized baby in the middle and the person who gets the "baby" gets to be king for the day. It is interesting that this holiday was originally a religious festival celebrating the Three Wise Men bringing gifts to baby Jesus (hence the baby in the cake). We are learning a little more about culture and history everyday. We are not sure yet how the tradition evolved into throwing beads from the floats.
In order to get our full experience here, we attended a "family friendly" Mardi Gras parade in downtown Ocean Springs. It was interesting, kind of sad, but we also had fun. We went with some of the PTs from John's clinic and they were a tremendous help keeping the children close by. It was a good opportunity to talk about some real life issues as well as pray for some of the people that we met on the way home.
Our crew (Krewe is how it is spelled for Mardi Gras)
Lauren and Luke with their loot!
Lots of beads, toys, flowers and candy!
Logan had a front row seat on Jacob's shoulders.
Luke got to sit on a police motorcycle. It is good to hang out with the police at things like this!
A King Cake Latte as Starbucks! (Sorry I cannot get the picture to rotate!)