My sweetie and I spent the last week of January in the Crescent City where we fell in love with the food, music and hospitality. Because today is fat Tuesday, I thought I'd share some pictures I took of the festively decorated homes and balconies ready for that last day of decadence before Ash Wednesday, Mardi Gras. So laissez les bons temps rouler and enjoy!
Just a short street car ride from the French Quarter, the entry above is located in the Garden District, where Mardi Gras decorations are a bit more staid.
This next shot is actually the front entry of Anne Rice's former home, also in the Garden District. If you're wondering about the traditional colors used, they symbolize justice (purple), faith, (green) and power (gold).
Back in the French Quarter, things are ramped up a bit, as you'd expect.
Beads are hung on balconies, waiting to be thrown to those below. And, no, you don't have to flash to get them.
And, finally, one of the more over the top installations we saw, complete with tinsel garland, beads and one very large mask. Again, this is in the French Quarter.