The party is over. Until next year.
Cherly Hart, Ginny Lynn, and Lisa Burton are the winners from the Mardi Gras Quiz!
This is my good-bye to Mardi Gras.
I hope you enjoyed the journey with me. To see the moment-by-moment adventure, they’re on my Facebook wall.
Silent cleaners with rakes scrape broken stands of beads into the street. Millions of small plastic bags that once wrapped Mardi Gras beads no longer line the edges of the curb. The semi-sized street cleaner with its swirling under-carriage brushes has washed the street clean by squirting detergent and buffing the asphalt like our grandmothers used buffers to polish their wooden floors. A battalion of “billy-goats” line up elbow-to-elbow and roll down Canal Street, just like the Krewes before them, only the goats erase any remaining hint of any celebration.
The last hint that Carnival lived? The purple, green and gold beads dangling from the ornate metal sign at the hotel where I’m staying.
That, and the photographs taken, and my many memories.
Let the good times roll!