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Mardi Gras Workout!


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!


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IMEMINE1 2/7/2013 2:24PM

    Oh my goodness. You did ghreat. LOL

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/2/2013 4:09PM

    What a wonderful trip and great pictures. Mardi Gras has been on my list for some time. All I've seen of NO has been the airport during layovers.

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DAWN14163 1/31/2013 7:19AM

    Wow! Now it's my turn to be impressed by one of your customs haha! I'd love to see that for myself one day. And as others have said - that's quite a haul of beads - very impressive! emoticon

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SVELTEWARRIOR 1/29/2013 11:27PM

    That looks like so much fun!!!!!!! Your grandchildren are beautiful!!!!!

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EJOY-EVELYN 1/29/2013 10:33PM

    Okay . . . I've never seen so many beads! I thought those beads came with R and X-rated activities. Glad to see there were events for the entire family.

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NWFL59 1/29/2013 7:29PM

    Glad you had fun and got quite a haul of parade fare along with a lot of exercise! emoticon

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_RAEVEN_ 1/29/2013 3:44PM

    WOW!!! That's a lot of beads..
I'm glad you had a great time.

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 1/29/2013 11:58AM

    What a great grandpa & loving husband you are. Used to live in Shreveport, but never got to go to Mardi Gras. Our LA native friends told us it was too dangerous and this was way before Katrina. Still I would love to go sometime. What a emoticon

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JAZZEJR 1/29/2013 9:15AM

    Oh, wow! You and your family certainly know how to have fun!!

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ANDYINBC 1/29/2013 9:04AM

    Sounds like a great time. So Impressed with your positive attitude and determination to live each day fully. Enjoy the day and enjoy each moment sharing those beads and doubloons with the neighborhood.

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RAMSAYRL1 1/29/2013 8:38AM

    ohhhh...that looks like so much fun!! What a great way to spend the day with your grandchildren!

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