Comus meets Rex, Carnival wanes

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59. Patrap
6:38 AM GMT on March 09, 2011


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57. collinsfarm
9:48 PM GMT on March 08, 2011
Happy Fat Tuesday Pat.
Hope you were missed by the storms.
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56. Patrap
8:13 PM GMT on March 08, 2011


URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 42
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
110 PM CST TUE MAR 8 2011

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A
TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF

LARGE PART OF CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN LOUISIANA
LARGE PART OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
COASTAL WATERS

EFFECTIVE THIS TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 110 PM UNTIL
800 PM CST.

TORNADOES...HAIL TO 2 INCHES IN DIAMETER...THUNDERSTORM WIND
GUSTS TO 70 MPH...AND DANGEROUS LIGHTNING ARE POSSIBLE IN THESE
AREAS.

THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 85 STATUTE
MILES NORTH AND SOUTH OF A LINE FROM 30 MILES WEST SOUTHWEST OF
FORT POLK LOUISIANA TO 10 MILES EAST OF PINE BELT MISSISSIPPI.
FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH
OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU2).

REMEMBER...A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.

DISCUSSION...VERY MOIST/UNSTABLE AIR MASS SPREADING INLAND LWR MS
VALLEY WHERE SHEAR PROFILES ALREADY FAVORABLE FOR SUPERCELLS.
EXPECT THUNDERSTORMS TO DEVELOP AND INTENSIFY THRU THE AFTERNOON AS
UPPER TROUGH AND STRONG JET APPROACH THE REGION. SUPERCELLS
INCLUDING TORNADOES ARE LIKELY WITH THE POTENTIAL FOR A STRONG
TORNADO BY LATER THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

AVIATION...TORNADOES AND A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL
SURFACE AND ALOFT TO 2 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE
WIND GUSTS TO 60 KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO
500. MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 22035.


...HALES
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55. Patrap
6:41 PM GMT on March 08, 2011
Thanx mass,we're enjoying the day big time here.

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54. masshysteria
6:39 PM GMT on March 08, 2011
Good Afternoon Pat!

THANKS SO MUCH FOR REMINDING ME IT'S OFFICIALLY MARDI GRAS DAY!

I enjoyed the video you posted on my site and am once again listening to the terrific NOLA radio station you linked us up to the other day!

Hope you have a most wonderful day celebrating with family and friends. Thanks for allowing a few of us winter-weary Northerners to vicariously enjoy this special occasion through your posts! I'm really getting in the mood for daylight savings time this Sunday and Spring's official arrival the next. Hope the coming seasons spare NOLA of further weather scares and bring nothing but happier times ahead for y'all!

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53. Patrap
5:22 PM GMT on March 08, 2011
Rex Lights the Cannon to begin the 2011 Royal Run at Audubon Park 7am CDT
New Orleans

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52. Patrap
4:59 PM GMT on March 08, 2011
His Majesty Rex first Public Appearance 2011 as he arrives for the Royal Run at Audubon Park


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51. Patrap
4:58 PM GMT on March 08, 2011
Happy Mardi Gras 2011 everyone.

Busy Morning here for me.



Queen Rex 2011 arrives Audubon Park for the Royal Run in her Limo, note the trunk open for the wheelchair as one family member is disabled and wheeled the whole run along with her.

Jane Yvonne White is a student at the University of Vanderbilt.


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50. oreodogsghost
4:06 PM GMT on March 08, 2011
Happy Mardi Gras, Pat!

I'm with you in spirit.
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49. tkeith
1:05 PM GMT on March 08, 2011
P.S.: rain pancho reccomended...
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48. tkeith
1:04 PM GMT on March 08, 2011
Quoting OGal:
I am so jealous. Have fun, let the good times roll. Play like I just said that in French.


Laizze Les Bon Temps Rouler OGal.

Happy Mardi Gras Pat, headed downtown now.
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47. OGal
11:36 AM GMT on March 08, 2011
I am so jealous. Have fun, let the good times roll. Play like I just said that in French.
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46. PSLFLCaneVet
11:26 AM GMT on March 08, 2011



A bit late, but:


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44. Patrap
12:48 AM GMT on March 08, 2011
Mardi Gras 2011 will be magical for Jane Yvonne White, queen of Carnival
Published: Monday, March 07, 2011, 6:00 PM



By Sheila Stroup, The Times-Picayune

Jane Yvonne White has never been to the Rex ball, but when she was a little girl, she and her brothers would watch it on television.

“We’d look for my parents, but we’d all fall asleep before we saw them,” she says.

This year will be different. Tonight Jane will be the belle of the Rex ball, reigning as queen of Carnival.

“I’m so excited for Mardi Gras to get here,” she says. “I’m excited for the secret to be out.”

Jane’s parents, Harold Hunter White III and Kathleen Viguerie White, had to keep the secret for a year. They let Jane know she was going to be queen in May, shortly after she came home from Vanderbilt University for the summer.

“They took me to Antoine’s for lunch, which was unusual, because normally we do things like that with the whole family,” she says.

Her father, called “Terry” by his friends, asked her if she had ever really paid attention to the rooms at Antoine’s, and then they followed a trail of Rex doubloons to the Rex Room, where Jane’s picture had been placed under the picture of her great-grandfather, Edgar Allen Gordon Bright, who reigned as Rex in 1956.

“It was all kind of silent,” Jane says. “My dad gets choked up easily.”

Then he handed her the pin her great-grandfather had given her great-grandmother when he was Rex. It’s gold and says, “You are my queen.”

“They did all that before lunch, and then nobody could really eat after that,” Jane says.

The Rex tradition goes back a long way in Jane’s family. Her great-great-great uncle, Lawrence Eustis, was Rex in 1879, just seven years after the krewe began. She was thrilled to learn she had been chosen queen.

“It just took a little while to sink in,” she says.

The past 10 months have been busy for Jane and her mom, as they tried to keep their secret while they shopped together and Jane made trips home for gown fittings and lessons in queenly protocol. Her parents also threw a huge party for her at their home in old Metairie for her 21st birthday on Dec. 23. Because she was born during a snowstorm, they chose the theme of “Snow White”

“It was so fun. It was an epic night,” Jane says.

With all her comings and goings, her brothers, Hunter, 25; Forrest, 23; and Bere, 18; didn’t realize she was preparing to be queen.

“They didn’t really notice all the activity,” Kathleen says. “They just thought, ‘That’s what girls do.’”

Now, finally, Mardi Gras is here.

Today, Jane will watch the parade from the Rex reviewing stand at the Hotel InterContinental, and she will be toasted by Rex 2011, Herschel L. Abbott Jr., when his float reaches the hotel.

“I’m really excited about that part,” Jane says.

For the parade, she will wear a winter-white French boucle wool suit by Chanel she and Kathleen found during a shopping trip to New York. Her white hat with French lace was designed by Yvonne LaFleur.

Jane White


“I’ve never worn a hat to anything, and I love the hat,” she says. “I used to ride horses, and it’s sort of a riding-inspired hat.”

Tonight, she will share center stage with the king of Carnival at the Rex ball in the Sheraton Hotel, and they will cross Canal Street for the meeting of the courts of Rex and Comus at the Marriott.

“You’re on this wide rug crossing Canal Street and people are gathered around, watching you,” Kathleen says.

“That part is a little nerve-wracking,” Jane says. “You don’t want to be the queen who falls down.”

For the ball, Jane will wear a gold lace over gold silk chiffon lame gown designed by Judy Cobb of Alice Designs Inc.

“It’s so magnificent,” she says. “It’s lace from France and so many beads. It weighs 18 pounds.”

“It’s a work of art,” Kathleen adds. “When you have the lights on it, it sparkles and shines.”

Next week, Jane will be back at Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn., and back to real life. She is a junior in the college of arts and sciences, majoring in anthropology and minoring in psychology.

She attended Country Day School in Metairie and spent her last three years of high school at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass.

“It was freezing cold there in the winter,” she says. “That was my first life out of the South.”

Although she loved the pace at Phillips Academy and says her “center of gravity” changed because of the boarding school, she decided she wanted to attend college a little closer to home.

“I can’t ever really remember why I wanted to go to Vanderbilt, but I am so in love with it,” she says. “It’s not too big, and it has well-rounded kids.”

Jane belongs to Kappa Delta sorority, and one of her favorite sorority activities is meeting local Girl Scouts, from little girls to older scouts, during weekly get-togethers.

“We talk about health and good body image and self-esteem,” she says. “It’s also a good rush strategy. The Girls Scouts have been taught about KD from the time they’re 5 years old.”

In the summer of 2009, Jane worked for an Assistant State Attorney in Orlando, Fla., and last summer she interned for Judge Rose Ledet at the Civil District Court in New Orleans.

“I wanted to go see what the law is all about before I decide if I want to go to law school,” she says.

This summer, she will study Greek history in ancient Corinth through a Vanderbilt study abroad program.

“I’ve never been anywhere without my family, so it’s going to be an adventure,” she says. “And it will fit right in with my love of anthropology.”

Because Mardi Gras is so late this year, it coincides with Vanderbilt’s spring break, and several of Jane’s college friends are in New Orleans, getting their first taste of Carnival. It will be topped off by going to the Rex ball.

“They know they’re going somewhere where they’re going to have to wear a long dress. That’s all I told them,” she says.

Jane’s favorite memories of long-ago Mardi Gras mornings are of dressing up as a majorette and wearing white boots that went click, click, click when she walked. She would stand on St. Charles Avenue pretending she was just taking a break from being in the Rex parade, while she waited for her dad, a lieutenant, to arrive on horseback.

“He would stop and give us a hug, and it was like we knew a famous person,” she says.

Today, she will wear a soft white suit and be toasted by a king. And she will be a famous person, the queen of Carnival.

Columnist Sheila Stroup appears Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday in Living. Contact her at sstroup@timespicayune.com or 985.898.4831.
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43. Patrap
12:45 AM GMT on March 08, 2011


Rex is announced formally,
Mardi Gras 2011's Rex is Herschel Abbott Jr.
Published: Monday, March 07, 2011, 5:00 PM


Herschel Abbott Jr. describes himself, with a chuckle, as a man who never says no.



He credits — or blames — this inability to turn anyone down for getting him on dozens of boards. He is the chairman of three, and that number will increase by one in July.

Playing on his history of activism, Abbott made this announcement to his wife, Anne, last October: “You’re really going to be irritated with me, but I’ve said yes one more time. The good news is that it’ll be over March 9.”

That was Abbott’s way of backing into the news that he had been chosen to reign as this year’s Rex, king of Carnival, the bewigged monarch who will lead the organization’s parade through New Orleans today.

“It’s the neatest thing in the world,” said Abbott, his blue eyes twinkling, last week as he discussed his impending reign. Wearing his Rex organization tie with pencil-thin purple, green and gold stripes, Abbott, 69, sat in a sunlit room in his Garden District home.

“I’m like a kid waiting for Christmas,” he said. “I’m enjoying every minute of it. … I pinch myself to make sure I’m not dreaming.”

Although the Abbotts were preparing for an onslaught of activity, their home was pin-neat last week.

At that point in the countdown to Fat Tuesday, the only part of the house that would have given anybody a clue as to what might happen was the dining room, where highly polished silver and pewter platters were arranged around the highly polished table. Each platter bore a Post-it note indicating to a caterer where party food should go. In the center was a small herd of bobble-head Boeuf Gras figurines, and a nearby plastic bag held cookies topped with pinstripes of purple, green and gold icing.

“We’ve been going to Mardi Gras for years,” Anne Abbott said. “I had no idea what went on behind the scenes with this particular honor. It’s been pretty amazing.”

Civic involvement is an implicit prerequisite for wearing the Rex crown. Abbott, who has received The Times-Picayune Loving Cup for his service, was quick to point out that he isn’t the pushover that his résumé might lead one to infer, explaining that he has to believe in the organization and its mission and feel he can contribute to it before deciding to participate.

Nevertheless, he said, that leaves him a wide range of choices.

“I’m fairly venturesome,” Abbott said. “I think that creates a spirit of adventure and a willingness to try things.”

Abbott sits on the boards of, among other organizations, Dillard University, the Metropolitan Crime Commission, the Louisiana Museum Foundation, WYES-TV, the Bureau of Governmental Research and the President’s Council of Tulane University. He is a former member of the Board of Governors of Tulane Medical Center and the state Board of Regents.

“He ticks all the time, and he ticks so damn fast,” said George Villere, a close friend. “He’s got unbelievable energy.”

Although friends describe him as a meticulous preparer, Abbott said he doesn’t have a time-management strategy.

“I just do what needs to be done at the time it needs to be done,” he said. “I find when an emergency comes, something can be shoved aside a little bit.”

A former chairman of the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, Abbott leads the boards of Baptist Community Ministries, the Louise S. McGehee School and the St. Thomas Community Health Center.


On July 1, he will assume the chairmanship of the board of the National World War II Museum. A history buff who has been a museum board member since 1996, Abbott said being on that panel plays into his fascination with World War II in general and Winston Churchill in particular.

“There’s a historian in him struggling to get out,” said Gordon “Nick” Mueller, the museum’s president and chief executive officer.

Abbott’s interest in World War II also influenced his design of the Rex pin that each monarch designs for women of his acquaintance. Abbott’s gold pin, which his wife wore on a lapel of her purple suit, shows a pelican perched on the stern of a Higgins boat, the landing craft made in New Orleans that Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower credits with helping the Allies win the war.

“The Higgins boat celebrates all that’s best in New Orleans,” he said, explaining that it is an example of local creativity and a big employer, with 35,000 men and women who worked ‘round the clock. Moreover, Abbott said, Higgins went against the mores of that time by paying paid equal wages for equal work.

This year’s parade theme, “This Sceptred Isle,” which comes from a Shakespearean description of England in “Richard II,” also is a natural for Abbott, even though it was chosen several years before he was anointed.

Abbott is an Anglophile who spent his junior year in England at the University of Birmingham and, friends say, can do a wicked Winston Churchill impersonation.

A native of Little Rock, Ark., Abbott grew up in Monroe, came to Tulane in 1959 and made New Orleans his home. He earned undergraduate and law degrees at Tulane, where he was an editor of the Tulane Law Review.

He spent four years in the Air Force, including a year in South Vietnam, where he was the Air Force’s only military judge for the entire country.

Abbott, who had become a partner at Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrere and Denegre, joined BellSouth in 1991 and moved to Atlanta and Washington, D.C., where he was vice president for governmental affairs. In January 2007, a month after AT&T acquired BellSouth, Abbott returned to New Orleans and to Jones, Walker, where he holds the title of special counsel.

“The fact that he came back here is a real tribute to his love for the city,” said David Edwards, a Jones, Walker colleague.

“He is so devoted to this community and to making it better that any organization that has him associated with it is fortunate,” said Fran Villere, a close friend and fellow Loving Cup recipient. “We’re lucky to have people like that who love the community and have a realistic view of what we’re about and what we can be.”

John Pope can be reached at jpope@timespicayune.com or 504.826.3317.
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42. Patrap
3:48 PM GMT on March 07, 2011
Former First Lady Laura Bush at the Rex Ball Mardi Gras evening 2010.

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41. Patrap
3:43 PM GMT on March 07, 2011
Meet Katherine Saer Duncan, a third year at U.Va., as she describes her experience as the 2010 Queen of Carnival.

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40. Patrap
2:19 PM GMT on March 07, 2011
Krewe Of Mid-City Uptown yesterday, Photo's
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39. Patrap
3:45 AM GMT on March 07, 2011
.."Cuz your the Storm that I believed in,,and all this peace has been deceiving"..

I love the Sweet life and the silence..

but it's the Storm that I believe in..



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38. Patrap
3:03 AM GMT on March 07, 2011
Jr. jam's with Walter "Wolfman" Washington today at Mr. Lawrence Cottons 84 th B-day Mardi Gras Bash.

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37. Patrap
1:56 AM GMT on March 07, 2011
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36. Patrap
4:30 PM GMT on March 06, 2011



Krewe of Bacchus pays tribute to the World War II generation
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35. Patrap
3:59 PM GMT on March 06, 2011
We shall do it up right the next 70 Hours or so mass.


Was certainly a Bumpy day yesterday.

Thanx for tuning in and have a Mardi Gras Sunday too.

www.nola.com/mardigras/photos
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34. masshysteria
3:55 PM GMT on March 06, 2011
Good Sunday Mornin' to Ya, Pat!

Hope that the lives, of those affected by the tornadic activity in Louisiana the other day, were spared and no serious destruction occurred by those approx. six touchdowns! The system's making its way towards the Northeast and Southeast but bringing only rainfall and possible flooding for many. At least, we're finally feeling some warmer temps (around 56F degrees) to help us thaw out. We've really had to shovel, chisel and blow torch our way through this winter season!

Thanks for the great link-up to NOLA's fabulous radio station! I'm really enjoying the many great musical varieties of NOLA as I post this message. It's definitely a great way to capture the fun mood and spirit of Mardi Gras this week! It's a keeper!

May you and yours have a safe and terrific time celebrating on Tuesday!

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33. Patrap
3:21 PM GMT on March 06, 2011
Mardi Gras Radio

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32. Patrap
1:42 AM GMT on March 06, 2011


My grandma and your grandma were sittin' by the fire
My grandma told your grandma:
"I'm gonna set your flag on fire"

Talkin' 'bout, Hey now! Hey now! I-KO I-KO un-day
Jock-a-mo fee-no ai na-ne
Jock-a-mo fee-na-ne

Look at my king all dressed in red , I-KO I-KO un-day
I betcha five dollars he'll kill you dead
Jock-a-mo fee-na-ne
(chorus) =


My flag boy and your flag boy were sittin' by the fire
My flagboy told your flagboy:
"I'm gonna set your flag on fire"
(chorus)

See that guy all dressed in green? I-KO I-KO un-day
He's not a man, he's a lovin' machine
Jock-a-mo fee-na-ne
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31. Patrap
1:13 AM GMT on March 06, 2011
Was Bumpy for a tad while juslivn,,but now we all GO thru Fat Tuesday here
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30. juslivn
6:49 PM GMT on March 05, 2011
Hope you are all safe down there. Really unfortunate timing for the storms. Nasty line. Will be thinking of you all.
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29. Patrap
4:04 PM GMT on March 04, 2011
Band enter's Parade from side Street and more from Krewe of Muse's last night Uptown

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28. Patrap
3:15 PM GMT on March 04, 2011
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27. Patrap
4:48 AM GMT on March 04, 2011
More tonight from the Krewe of Muses

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26. Patrap
4:41 AM GMT on March 04, 2011

Krewe of Muses Tonight,..Uptown!!!

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25. Patrap
4:01 AM GMT on March 04, 2011


Should I fall out of love, my fire in the light
To chase a feather in the wind
Within the glow that weaves a cloak of delight
There moves a thread that has no end.

For many hours and days that pass ever soon
The tides have caused the flame to dim
At last the arm is straight, the hand to the loom
Is this to end or just begin?
* Chorus: All of my love, all of my love, All of my love to you,now. (repeat)

The cup is raised, the toast is made yet again
One voice is clear above the din
Proud Arianne, one word, my will to sustain
For me, the cloth once more to spin

Chorus

Yours is the cloth, mine is the hand that sews time
His is the force that lies within
Ours is the fire, all the warmth we can find
He is a feather in the wind

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24. Patrap
3:52 AM GMT on March 04, 2011


It is the springtime of my loving - the second season I am to know
You are the sunlight in my growing - so little warmth I've felt before.
It isn't hard to feel me glowing - I watched the fire that grew so low.

It is the summer of my smiles - flee from me Keepers of the Gloom.
Speak to me only with your eyes. It is to you I give this tune.
Ain't so hard to recognize - These things are clear to all from
time to time.

Talk Talk - I've felt the coldness of my winter
I never thought it would ever go. I cursed the gloom that set upon us...
But I know that I love you so

These are the seasons of emotion and like the winds they rise and fall
This is the wonder of devotion - I seek the torch we all must hold.
This is the mystery of the quotient - Upon us all a little rain must fall...It's just a little rain...
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23. PSLFLCaneVet
5:00 PM GMT on March 03, 2011
Quoting Patrap:
We ask for prayers here in NOLA as my Wife's mother is gravely ill after suffering a Stroke here yesterday.

Miss Leona is 93.

Thank you from all of us.

Patrick



You have them here. I'm sorry, Pat!



I found a little something to go with the countdown clock, but I think I may hold off for now.
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22. Patrap
4:48 PM GMT on March 03, 2011
We ask for prayers here in NOLA as my Wife's mother is gravely ill after suffering a Stroke here yesterday.

Miss Leona is 93.

Thank you from all of us.

Patrick
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20. Patrap
12:09 AM GMT on March 03, 2011
MARDI GRAS PARADE CAM
Live Webcam of New Orleans Uptown Streetcar and Mardi Gras Parades


Druids rolls at 6:30 but wont get to the Cam til least 7-7:15
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19. Patrap
12:06 AM GMT on March 03, 2011
O yeah,,LOL

We chuckled collectively as a City yesterday,,and lo,,a Thousands new Mardi Gras Costumes are now born for Fat Tuesday,,easily.

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17. Patrap
6:44 PM GMT on March 02, 2011
mardi Gras Pirate Radio
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16. Patrap
6:32 PM GMT on March 02, 2011
Mardi Gras protocol: Dos and Don'ts of attending Carnival parties


Mardi Gras as fun as it may be does come with its own list of dos and don'ts. Our Mardi Gras expert lend his advice to help prepare you as the city embarks upon yet another Carnival season.

Parade Dos

*
Be a good Mardi Gras guest: follow the dos and don'ts of attending a Carnival party. Bring flowers, food or anything you think your host might enjoy or be able to use throughout the season.
Offer to bring something, even if the hosts have said they are going to provide nipping and noshing. Some suggestions?
* Generally, if it has paper in the name, it's a good thing, Martha. Paper towels, paper plates, paper bowls, paper napkins and toilet paper (most appreciated) all of these keep and can be used for other purposes.
* The same goes for many things with the word plastic in the name. Plastic utensils, plastic serving trays and plastic cups are just like the paper products. And trash bags help keep the paper and plastic products under wraps. Cups caught off floats, with a little rinsing, can hold a beverage just as well as anything else.
* Food, particularly finger food, that doesnt need a utensil or cooking. And if you have kids that are particular or if you have special dietary concerns, I have news for you: during Carnival, I am NOT a short-order cook. Other big hits include bourbon balls, pound cake, egg salad sandwiches, brisket, spinach dip and anything people bring.
* If you are new to the group or to this particular house, arrive early (not too early), introduce yourself to the hosts and find out where things are located (like the bathroom). One of my pet peeves is to have to open the house and point the way to the facilities as the first floats arrive.
* The ladders you and your kids have been standing on dont miraculously make their way back to the house. After the parade, grab a ladder and a chair before walking back for a plate of lasagna.
* Speaking of ladders, offer to take a shift watching the ladders and the other accoutrement's that are part of the parade parcel protection plan. It can be great fun meeting new people (who are sitting next to you, doing the same thing).
* Keep an eye out for the owner's home and furnishings. We cant always be there (Hello, theres a parade to watch!) to make certain the Lalique vase doesnt walk out the door. If you are a friend, at least tell the owner when something strange happens. If something breaks, nine times out of 10, it wont mean the end of the world. Most parade route veterans know to put the good stuff away.
* Volunteer to help clean up at the end of the day or evening. Some of our best friends are great about helping out around the house while they wait for the traffic to subside. They are always welcomed.
* Be prepared to share with everyone. Stingy people can find another place to be.
* Leave four-legged friends at home, your home. They arent supposed to be at the parades (and cant catch anything much except a Frisbee). From yappy little purse dogs to behemouth mastiffs, canines can do strange things at Carnival. Trust me on this one.
* Participate and have a good time. If your mood is melancholy or malevolent, find another place to be. And if all you want to do is sit and watch television, you better be a really good friend that I trust to be in the house.



Parade visitor Donts

* Just because I invited you to the house, dont assume I meant your extended family, including your third cousin twice removed on your stepmothe's side. When in doubt, call and ask. Depending on when you ask, I will probably say, Absolutely. But there are times (and people) I will tell, We've moved to Guam.
* If you are the friend of a friend of a neighbor, ask before you go into the house and make yourself at home. One Carnival, I walked into the den and was surrounded by a sea of unfamiliar faces. When I queried them as to who they were, I got queried right back: Who are you? I pay the mortgage here, that's who.
* If you are a guest in someone's home, do not consider the refrigerator to be community property. Shocking though it may be, for those of us who live along the route, we generally do not run a no-charge convenience store.
* Do not dig through the liquor cabinet and pull out the best stuff. You are welcome to anything on the counter. But what rests quietly behind closed doors should stay behind closed doors.
Love using ladders? Be mindful that you help your host put away ladders at the end of a parade and offer to stand watch of the ladders during parade breaks.
Underage drinking, occasionally seen at Carnival (shock!), will not be tolerated. First off, it's illegal. Second, I dont want to be responsible for any kid other than my own. Third, more for me. Take your beads home with you. We have plenty. And besides, I will tell you if I want those giant beads with the blinking lights (though you should know already I want those). No silly string. No way, no how.

* And, the bathroom is inside, not outside.
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15. Patrap
3:15 PM GMT on March 02, 2011
Glad you arrived home safely.

We sure enjoyed your company and look forward to seeing you in your town one day soon.

Pat & Family
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14. ycd0108
6:11 AM GMT on March 02, 2011
We are back home:
Wind warning to 80 - 100 kmph for tonight. Light rain/snow just now.
We thank you for a fine time in New Orleans!
Ken and Lynne
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13. Patrap
10:23 PM GMT on March 01, 2011
Professor Longhair & The Meters

Tipitina



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12. Patrap
10:19 PM GMT on March 01, 2011
Dr.John , Professor Longhair , Earl King , The Meters

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11. Patrap
8:10 PM GMT on March 01, 2011



The Green room is smoking, and the Plaza buning down

Throw my baby out the window, let those joints burn down

All because it's Carnival Time, woooooohhh, it's Carnival Time....!

Oh Well it's Carnival Time and, everybody's having Fun!

The All Speed is rocking from one side to the other

The joints are jammin, packing, and I'm a -bout to smother

All because it's Carnival Time, woooooohhh, it's Carnival Time....!

Oh Well it's Carnival Time and, everybody's having Fun

Right Now, it's Carnival Time, woooooohhh, Carnival Time....!

Oh Well it's Carnival Time and, everybody's having Fun

_Sax instrumental -

Well if you put a nickel, well now, I put a dime now

we can get together now and drink us some wine

All because it's Carnival Time, woooooohhh, Carnival Time..!

Oh Well it's Carnival Time and, everybody's drinking wine

- Sax instrumental -

fade out ............
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10. Patrap
6:06 PM GMT on March 01, 2011


Maybe I didn't love you quite as good as I should have,
Maybe I didn't hold you quite as often as I could have,
Little things I should have said and done,
I just never took the time.

You were always on my mind,
You were always on my mind.

Maybe I didn't hold you all those lonely, lonely times,
And I guess I never told you, I'm so happy that you're mine,
If I made you feel second best,
I'm sorry, I was blind.

You were always on my mind,
You were always on my mind,

Tell me, tell me that your sweet love hasn't died,
Give me, give me one more chance to keep you satisfied,
If I made you feel second best,
I'm sorry, I was blind.

You were always on my mind,
You were always on my mind.
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9. Patrap
4:56 PM GMT on March 01, 2011
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