Party in Fairhope!

14 Feb

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…and what a party ! It’s called Mardi Gras and the folks around here have been celebrating for weeks. The final (and huge!) party is this coming Tuesday, where New Orleans, Mobile, Fairhope and pretty much every town in the area cuts loose…I’m exhausted just thinking about it.

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…but you want to hear about the Mardi Gras parade in Fairhope last night. That parade was given by the “Maids of Jubilee” (as opposed to the “Knights of Eco Rouge” or the “Mullet Mates”…hmmmm). The parade was full of unbelievable floats, great music, and glitter and glitz that you wouldn’t believe.

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Children were playing tag among the fairylight-drapped trees, and big kids (I think the average age was about 65) chased plastic beads that fountained off the whimsical floats.

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Each float was manned by masked, costumed society members (very secret societies, mind you) — you just HAVE to check out the history of this stuff – it’s amazing.

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So, exhausted but joyous after seeing the final float go by (a second time, actually, since we ran from one location on Section Street to a second location on Church Street so we could watch it again – and collect a few more goodies), we started to stumble home with part of the crowd.

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Ahead of us was a couple, bedecked in glitter and fluff, discussing the parade. The bead-covered woman confronted her husband, saying, “Why didn’t y’all catch those big ol’ beads that hit me in the head?” (‘head’ was pronounced with 2 syllables – think ‘hey-yad’)
Her husband, obviously used to these accusations, responded, ““Well, why didn’t cha’ just open yur mouth and catch ‘em?”

 …mannnnn, ya’ just can’t make this s**t up!

...check out all the loot we collected along the way.  Other than the Moon Pies (which we'll obviously eat), what are we going to do with all this stuff?!?

…check out all the loot we collected along the way. Other than the Moon Pies (which we’ll obviously eat), what are we going to do with all this stuff?!?

12 Responses to “Party in Fairhope!”

  1. Kathryn Gatlin February 14, 2015 at 11:12 #

    Hang those beads from Bushranger’s railings!

  2. Martha and Jim February 14, 2015 at 11:38 #

    There is “Southern” accent…and then there is “Alabama Southern!” So glad you and Boyd are soaking in all the joys of life.

  3. robbbblog February 14, 2015 at 16:49 #

    Did you flash your bits to get those beads? I hear that’s what the locals do.

    • Mrs Bushranger February 14, 2015 at 16:51 #

      That’s just the media creating a story! I’m sure that in New Orleans there are a few folks that do silly things for the cheap baubles, but not in Fairhope

  4. Chris February 14, 2015 at 17:40 #

    What you do is save all that wonderful bling and have your own Mardi Gras party next year! Think of all the money you’ll save on give-aways!

  5. Rod Robinson February 14, 2015 at 21:31 #

    Wow! Who would have thought – in Fairhope!

  6. jdepodwin February 14, 2015 at 23:06 #

    What an uplifting blog! The floats looked mesmerizing and your “on the ground” reporting was delightfully playful. I remember when the boys went to Mardi Gras in New Orleans with the high school marching band. They too commented on the party atmosphere, good natured people and all the BEADS! What a fun night!

    • Mrs Bushranger February 15, 2015 at 08:58 #

      It was great fun! We get to do it again with Lisa on Tuesday!

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