Today my husband and I hit the streets of the lower French Quarter to some neighborhoods that have a totally different feel than the Mardi Gras of Canal Street and Bourbon Street,which are tourist ridden and once you've seen it,you've seen it. The two neighborhoods that we went to, to revel, are largely residential with a few commercial streets of mostly music clubs and local eateries along with some art galleries and other more funky enterprises(used book stores,a small grocery,neighborhood fare). Due to unseasonably cold weather (3C) the group of three or four other people we generally go with "woosed" out on us and we went by ourselves,albeit,later than we would normally set out.It turned into a gorgeous day and the temperature climbed up to about 12C. We ran into all kinds of people we know,some we only see on this day in all the familiar old places. The neighborhood largely represented in these shots is called the Faubourg Marigny. Most of the pictures are of people we know,their children having grown,musicians we are familiar with,everyone out and about mingling on the streets. It was a fine,fine day.
Oh, you really hit your stride with this round of photos -- wonderful, classic Fat Tuesday shots, but with a really personal air to them. Great to NOT see any bead whores, which has become the curse of the Quarter at Mardi Gras. Love the Wild Thing, also the debris in the last picture. They're all so beautifull composed and full of color & life. Thanks for these! (more? )
How many people participated in this event? For comparison, I would say that my day in Dunkerque concerned perhaps a total of 500 people. (They showed the next day on national television and said that 60,000 people were there for the 'downtown' event. I am not sure that I would have been happy in such a crowd.)
Oh,I have no earthly idea,people were coming and going all day and then at night same thing. We didn't stay beyond sundown.
Thanks everyone for you kind comments.
Bixa,in an answer to your question about where we are parked in first photo,that is the intersection of St. Claude Avenue and N. Rampart Street. (N. Rampart does this weird turn down there so it is very confusing to a lot of people as are many of the streets here,they run with the river." Spiderweb Syndrome" T. calls it.) Have no idea what the building is.
Thank you ever so much for posting those two links Lagatta. So many people are unaware and or ignorant of the Carribean influence it has had in the city.
It drives me just crazy when people question and profess to know everything, wrongly so with Creole origins all too easily they combine Creole and Cajun which has a rich cultural heritage of it's own and they are two very separate cultures.
The second link was excellent as well and I was/am aware of the strong tie between the two cultures in the culinary arena. I have yet to make it down there and experience.
Bixa, I promise that one fine day I will not only figure out the process and regain some confidence in posting pictures again. What seems to be so natural to you and others is an overwhelming process and it is not that easy to conquer.