We do go home to see my family and friends. That's a given. I get to experience Mardi Gras with my Mom, my 88 year old G'ma, my daughter and putting 4 generations together like that is reason enough.
There are just so many more reasons.
My Family and their willingness to dress up steampunk style while braving the cold.
The Rolling Elvi. Scarf and doll acquired this year!
Music on the street corner. We really do run towards it when we hear it!
Seeing the end of St. Anne and St. Cecelia at the river. Aways something I wanted to see.
The food. Oh, the food!
Then there is Dusty. I've know him for 20 years. We live 6 miles apart and find each other in NOLA every year. Tradition.
The political floats.
The awesome, creative costumes.
Cafe Du Monde...
Crawfish from Rouse's.
Oh, the Marching 100, how we love you!
Finding Lindy's Dad accidentally was awesome too!
And those lovely 610 Stompers!
The look on this face.
Coffee on tap! Yes, on tap at District!
Doubloons. Always Doubloons!
Trying new things. Calas cakes and their history.
Finally seeing Orpheus and Harry Connick Jr.
The awful things they say while teaching my daughter that not everyone speaks the truth.
And The Half Fast guys.
Then there are random strangers telling you "Happy Mardi Gras!"
The Fearless Foursome.
Cady hearing and speaking with local musicians.
And truthfully, those are just a few of the reasons we go. Just a few.