~It’s 24 days to Mardi Gras
Today’s musical selection is different from those of past posts. Take a listen to one of the most distinguishing sounds of New Orleans.
Have you ever heard a calliope?
The foot of Canal Street is where the Natchez docks, the riverboats waits to whisk passengers away for a ride on the Mighty Mississippi. The calliope beckons. It’s the “calling card” of the riverboat. The strains of this music float over the French Quarter on any given day.
(Travis C. Vasconcelos plays the calliope of the New Orleans, LA based Steamer NATCHEZ at Louisville, KY on the 5th of November 2005)
Calliopes, Corsets and King Cake Oh my! Calliope, Corsets and King Cake! Oh ya, darlin’…
Mardi Gras is drawing near and I’m excited to pull my costume together. Miss Ginny Lynn Harrison made me a very special corset. To see the full and final costume, you’ll have to wait until after Mardi Gras, unless of course you’re in New Orleans for Fat Tuesday and my unveiling.
Now for a live peek at goings on in the city. There are webcams set up in many spots in the city. Some are to clue drivers about the traffic conditions. Others, like this one, offer a glimpse into famous Bourbon Street.
The parades start tomorrow.
I know that if you’ve watched the news regarding anything New Orleans, often they speak about neighborhoods like the Ninth Ward and Tremè. This map is a good picture of how the city is divided into neighborhoods.
So on this Feel Good Friday, do the Mardi Gras Mambo…
And…Laissez les bons temps rouler!