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Carnival 2018, My Favorite Yet!

Lent is over and I’m just now sitting down to gather my thoughts about this past Carnival season. I feel like it was the best one yet in my 7 years celebrating. It wasn’t the special or unique costume that I typically spend so much time planning, but this year threw together kind of last minute. It wasn’t the chillingly delicious vegan King Cakes that I tasted, either (two new varieties this year!)

I blinged out a new wig but wore an old costume

It wasn’t all of the parades I went to, though those were as great as they always are, even if I only made it through one entirely because my cranky self got a little fed up with the people around me displaying poor parade etiquette. And yes. Parade etiquette is a thing. If you visit NOLA for Carnival, read up on it.


Krewe of Bacchus – the only parade I made it through!

It wasn’t the huge haul of sparkly throws that I received. With each year, I feel that I’m happiest with just a few specialty throws as keepsakes.

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Some cool throws from Nyx (and yes, that’s my cat’s paw in the top left)

It might have been the start of a magical Mardi Gras day, when Danny, Carolyn and I walked a bit with St. Ann in the Marigny and then took a detour to get a Champagne and popcorn breakfast at Effervescence, which we actually had been to last Mardi Gras for the first time, as it was having a soft opening for the city’s biggest holiday.


Right after a Champagne and popcorn breakfast

It might have been the secret vampire speakeasy that was a welcome respite from the French Quarter mayhem. We practically had the place for ourselves and I got to sip on Death in the Afternoons. How perfect is that?


IMG_0735.JPGIt might have been the fact that with each year, new memories build up and with that, Mardi Gras gets better and better. I felt like I actually had memories to look back upon and cherish, similar to how I feel about Halloween and Christmas. It might have been the fact that my love affair with all things New Orleans has reach its fullest potential? Next year can only be better.

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New York girl in a Southern (and Eastern Canadian) world these days. Lives in New Orleans. Tries –and fails – to travel light. Vegan. Loves to eat. Loves to drink wine. Loves to write. Always fitting in a workout. Avoids camping at all costs. Loves experiencing new places/different cultures. Always laughing at myself.

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