Tuesday, March 8, 2011

All on a Mardi Gras Day: Zulu Parade, Red Beans, and Family

I got up at 5:50 a.m., again complying with my dearest cousin (yes, the same cousin with whom I went to the Zulu Ball) but also with pressure from my son, and went to one Mardi Gras parade, the first of Mardi Gras Day, which is the Zulu Parade. We stood somewhere on St. Charles Avenue between Jackson and Felicity Streets. Scenes from the morning are in the video above.

We didn't stay until the end, however. Once my daughter had three coconuts and my son had an ax (he's too old for that), they were ready to go. But we also caught waaay too many beads and toys despite ducking some of them. Afterward, we went to my aunt's house and ate red beans and rice, hot sausauge, ribs, potato salad, garlic-stuffed chuck roast, and King Cake. Now, that his how to wreck a diet! We reminisced a little about former Mardi Gras and friends and family who are no longer with us, and we played cards. My adult children and I got home after 6:00 a.m., and I plan to sleep late tomorrow.

About the Zulus: I know for some people seeing black people and white people dress up in grass skirts and blackface is a shock. Wasn't it just last month that folks on the Net bristled at Beyoncé Knowles in blackface on a magazine cover? For some explanation of why the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club wears black face, try this article at Mardi Gras Digest.

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