27 years ago a group of bored individuals on a hot summer's evening conjured up the idea of having a MidSummer Mardi Gras to compliment an already existing Mardi Gras club or "krewe", the Krewe Of O.A K.. (Outrageous And Kinky and the name of one of the main streets in the neighborhood). It started out with a series of porch parties and a pub crawl of sorts. A King and Queen were chosen each year and over the years it has grown into a major extravaganza. It is held on the last Saturday of August in the small section of Uptown New Orleans known as Carrollton/Riverbend. Here's last night's fun and frolic in the streets of my neighborhood.
Really really fun pics! I love the golden girl who made a beaky half mask of her own face -- brilliant. Great evening shot up Oak at reply #1. Of course I loooved seeing m'boy. And that cop shot at the end is just a fabulous photo by any standard.
Thanks good people!! It is a blast and one of the weekends I look forward to every year. I know more than half the people in these pictures and some I only get to see once or twice a year, this being one of them. It's usually hot as all blazes and humid on that night so, skimp does prevail. And, people generally do put alot of creative thought into their costumes. The "floats" etc. are all home made as are most of the costumes. And it's free!! The only cost we have is to pay for a permit and NOPD. The krewe provides Port A Let bathrooms along the route and has a clean up crew come in right away to clean up the neighborhood. People in the neighborhood have open houses with food and respite. We usually do a big pot of beans and rice and grill some sausage and make a big cole slaw for friends to drop in for as well as iced beverages and the like.
I remember how intriguing all of this looked the last time you made a report about it. It is such a great idea, and the only thing that could make it better would be to move it to autumn, because it must be so sweltering and humid some years that it would take a lot of of the fun out of it. And -- ahem! -- what if a hurricane shows up when it is scheduled?
Well, in 2005, the gala was on the eve of Katrina, and, it was a record turnout. One other year it was postponed a week because of another storm. Mostly we have this thing at this time of year because as I said, people were/are bored. In the Spring and Autumn there are festivals galore throughout the city and region. The whole point is to make the best of a horrid miserable time of year and have some fun. It's also held during a time when the universities are out of session and the local merchants financially struggle typically this time of year. This is an opportunity for us locals to get out and support the local nighttime businesses in particular, bars, clubs and restaurants in the immediate area do well and it gives everyone a boost. Good clean fun for the whole wretched family.