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Sunday, February 11, 2007

A Taste of Mardi Gras

We went to our first Mardi Gras parades yesterday. Now before you start clucking your tongues - Mardi Gras in Alabama is family friendly. At least the events we have seen so far. We were joined by Dick & Pat and Darrell & Judy, new full-timing RV friends we've met here at the park.

The town of Fairhope hosted two parades yesterday; in the afternoon, it was the Mystic Mutts. Folks paid $20 to dress up themselves and their dogs to walk in this parade, with the money going to a local animal shelter. It was a cute idea and people really got into it. The weather was very accommodating, too.

Last night it was the Knights of Ecor Rouge.
We braved the cold 'cause once the sun went down, it was chilly. I couldn't believe that I sat out for two hours waiting for a parade! Retirement must have mellowed me or I was that bored! :) Now don't expect a long dissertation on who the Knights of Ecor Rouge (KOER) are, because I'm not sure who they are or what the heck they do. I just know it's one of the mystic societies of Mardi Gras and was founded around 1985. You'd have to read the history of Mardi Gras to know more.

Anyway, I took lots of pictures and although they are dark, you get an idea of the parade.
Lots of moon pies and beads were thrown out as well as peanuts, small footballs, cups, and coins. It was fun. We came home loaded with beads and didn't have to flash once! :)

Fairhope, the town where we went saw the parades, is a beautiful small town with a quaint downtown area. It is located on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay. There are gorgeous flowers everywhere.
We had visited Fairhope last year when we drove through it with Dan & Debbie Domer. It was freezing cold and we stopped at their park. There are pictures of that on our Webshots site. We want to go back this year when the weather is good and walk around the town. Hopefully, we have some history to share with you then.

Enjoy the pictures. There are more on Webshots. We'll have more Mardi Gras events to share with you over the next week as the campground has a lot scheduled. Plus there are more area activities we want to go to.

Take care of one another. Please keep in touch - don't forget about us! Until the next time . . .

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