Monday, March 10, 2014

Vampire Diaries' Ian Somerhalder shares spotlight with pups in Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws Parade (Video)

For all you young women and girls in love with Ian Somerhalder, I'll agree with you that the young actor is hot, but my feelings for him are more that of the older woman smiling at you screaming over him. In the video above you'll see a Times Picayune interview with the Vampire Diaries star. He was the king of the Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws parade in Mandeville yesterday, March 9, five days after Mardi Gras. The parade features dogs in costume, and despite Somerhalder's hotness, the dogs stole the show.

I'm aware of this actor, even though I've only seen the Vampire Diaries once. I remember him in Lost, and I track him sometimes in my peripheral vision because he's from Convington, Louisiana, across the Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans. Mainly, I notice him in the news because my dog receives medical care through the Humane Society in Covington, which is next to Mandeville. Somerhalder supports the shelter, so sometimes there's a banner with his name on a wall in appreciation or maybe pictures of him at an event. (Yes, I drive all the way to Covington for pet care, long story.)

I've been so out of the loop of local events lately that I didn't even pay attention to which celebrities were in parades this Mardi Gras. (My daughter filmed parts of Bacchus for me, including King Hugh Laurie.) I didn't expect to see Somerhalder on a float at the Endymion parade when I went last Saturday, March 1, the weekend before Mardi Gras. Of course, when I go to parades, I'm more interested in the bands anyway.

Somerhalder was Endymion's Grand Marshall. Even though I videoed him, I didn't recognize him. All I saw was a float with musicians on it that had the Vampire Diaries sign on the side. Later when I looked at the video, I saw the star.

He wasn't sitting in his GM seat, and that's why I missed him when the float went by. One of the musicians was in the seat instead, leaning over the side while Somerhalder was standing closer to the crowds, giving one of the musicians a hug. He didn't turn around until the float had moved past me.

My video was not even worth uploading to YouTube. I only uploaded it to illustrate how fast his float went by. But there's better video on YouTube of Somerhalder at Endymion, such as this one here. But f you want to see the heartthrob speeding by my lens, here it is. Just remember that I've warned you, there's not much to see.

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