Tuesday, January 29, 2013
This past weekend my wife and I went with our son's family to the Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans. The grandkids had never been to the parades and wanted to go with "grandpa."
We haven't been to the parades since before Hurricane Katrina. With New Orleans becoming a much dangerous place right after the storm, we weren't in a hurry to go back. My wife also developed a debilitating illness several years ago that made such trips difficult. We decided to just go ahead and do it this year, and we had a great time. Here are a couple of pictures of floats on the parade.
Here's my grandaughter with her little brother.
Here are both the young boys.
The grandkids went to 4 parades on Saturday, but then had to leave Sunday morning. My wife and I went to 2 additional parades on Sunday afternoon. Although we ate some really good food, I didn't gain hardly any weight! Since my wife now has to be in a wheelchair for this type of activity, I got tons of exercise pushing her around all day. Talk about a workout! Those badly cracked sidewalks and brick streets made it really difficult - the rubber around one of the wheels even came off when I hit one bad rut. They also had blocked many of the ramps on the curbs, making it difficult to cross streets. But we managed and had a really good time!
The grandkids went home with tons of beads and stuffed animals, and my wife and I didn't do too badly either. Although the picture below doesn't do it justice, here are the 85 pounds of beads and doubloons that my wife and I brought home. The neighbor kids are going to be happy for quite some time!