Candy and I couldn’t afford to go visit Lee in New Orleans for Mardi Gras this year… but we had to go to a parade. Luckily, the Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff had their Mardi Gras on. Saturday was a run and Sunday was a parade.
It was a blast. Though not up the the standards set in New Orleans by the big Krewes, it was still a fun time. Plus, it was a lot easier to get there, park, and find a place along the parade route (The logistics of going to Carnival in New Orleans is daunting). The parade had a nice neighborhood feel to it with a lot of schoolkids, bicycles, and dogs walking along. Still, it had a lot of floats too – most with a strong sense of humor.
There were beads thrown, crawfish gobbled, and a beer or two tossed down. There was fun for young kids and grown kids too.
Photos: Oak Cliff Celebrates Mardi Gras with beads and beer
Mardi Gras 2012 – Oak Cliff TX
Bags of live crawfish iced down.
The crawfish go into the pot. One looks like he's going to make a run for it.
The crawfish are boiled with potatoes and corn
This guy is watching the parade from his own shop.
A kid on a float is taking his own photos.
These kids were across the street from us, having a great time.
Kermit on the back of a tandem.
Instead of beads, this woman wanted to throw live alligators.
Krewe of Elvis
Krewe of Elvis
Mardi Gras float
Mardi Gras Float
A very shy bead thrower in the parade.
Dancing in the parade
Nothing better than Jello Shots to get you through a long parade
Yes, that's a hula hoop
Yes, Ron Paul had a float
It's Texas, so there has to be a dance team.
Sunset High School Cheerleaders