Photo-Essay: An Animated Mardi Gras
Now that I'm living in the middle of the country again, some things
are closer than they used to be, including New Orleans. Phyllis
and I visited friends who live in that city's Uptown neighborhood
in February, in the days leading up to Mardi Gras, and we saw several
of the dozens of parades, most notably the 1,000-man parade sponsored
by the "krewe," or social club, named after the ancient
Egyptian god Thoth. According to advance publicity, the parade consisted
of thirty-seven floats ( I didn't count them) and more than a hundred
units all together, including two dozen marching bands.
Every Mardi Gras parade has a theme, and Thoth's was "Artists
and Illustrators." That meant, as a practical matter, that
most of the floats were devoted to characters from animated cartoons
and the comics, ranging from Barney Google to the Lone Ranger to
Spongebob Squarepants. Seven of my photos from the paradechock
full of gloriously off-model, copyright-infringing charactersare
below. As is customary for all "krewes," the men of Thoth
tossed goodies to the crowdbeads, "Egyptian footballs,"
and the likebut nothing cartoon-related. I had my heart set
on snagging a DVD of Prince of Egypt, but no such luck.
[Posted March 14, 2004]