Views of the Neighborhood

As most of the Christian world knows last Tuesday was Fat Tuesday which marks the last day before the beginning of Lent. In New Orleans, the event is characterized by the last of the Mardi Gras parades. Not to be outdone Port Aransas Has its own version of a Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras parade. I must tell you that I took over 100 photos of the show and can only give you a representative sample of the participating members. So here is the Mardi Gras parade Port Aransas style.

The parade started with two police cars leading the way

Port Aransas Mardi Gras

This is a photo of some typical participants.  Adult beverages were de rigor.

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The float members were pitching beads and candy to the bystanders.

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Here is a boat theme. Wonder how they got that idea? Notice the guy picking up the beads. He didn’t even have to take off his shirt.

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This is the only photo of the fifty golf carts in the parade. It is typical, and most look similar.

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Another boat. Go figure.

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This Humvee was well decorated. Lots of candy came off this baby.

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This child was very cute, so I kept it in.

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This float is actually a portable bar that visits the beach now and then

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I thought the motorized chair showed a lot of grit and so typical of the spirit of Port Aransas. A big applause was given.

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There is a Parrot Head chapter in Port Aransas. I know a big shock.

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Here is the Chamber of Commerce float and of course the guy is texting and floating. Probably ordering carry out.

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There were some cool cars in the parade like this Camaro.

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This float got the Awwwww award. Seemed strange having innocent children in a celebration of overindulgence. They were cute, though.

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Here’s a red Chevy

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And a custom hot rod from Colorado

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My favorite was this vintage Pontiac. I think it is a 1949 and it is in pristine condition

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The parade ended with the EMS team.

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I hope you like the parade. It was very much fun and I collected a lot of beads and candy as well.

47 comments

  1. Great, dear John! A wonderful idea! It leaves a sense of joy & happiness! Besides what creativity!

    1. Thanks for the visit and comment. 🙂

  2. We were lucky enough to see one of the parades in St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans this year. The krewes of Orpheus and Proteus threw us beads, paper cups and even a coconut at one point. Great times!

    1. I’ll bet that was a fun time. All my visits to New Orleans have been fun. (Sometimes too much fun). Thanks Stevie. 😀

  3. Great photos, John! It’s nice to see so many people participating and enjoying the event. I was expecting to see a picture of your in leopard pants. 🙂 Happy Sunday!

    1. That would be a picture labelled NSFW, Jill. Thanks. Happy Sunday. 😀

  4. Awesome parade. Though I’m still laughing about the Fat Tuesday thing. Never heard that before. Should really be on s calendar.

    1. This is one part of Christianity you could get into. Thanks, Charles.

  5. Too cold for Mardi Gras parades here in the UK – lovely to see PA’s, John! 😀

    1. Thanks. Jan. 😀

  6. I loved the parade, John! That golf cart was a riot. And all the beads! *Oh! Shiny!* (Sorry, that’s Teaganese for “Squirrel!” Same effect.)
    I have a pair of leopard pants I can loan you for next year. Have a superb Sunday. Mega hugs.

    1. I can see you in leopard pants. Thanks, Teagan. Happy Sunday. 🙂

      1. LOL, not that they ever leave the house! At least not farther than the curb when I take out the trash. Now a leopard blazer — that’s another story. It definitely leaves the house. 😉

      2. You would fit in perfectly here. You could wear this pants to the store and never get a second look. 🙂

      3. I had a pair of very light blue bluejeans. One day a neighbor asked my why I was wearing my pajamas! I asked her if she slept in denim.

      4. See, here you see people in PJ’s in the grocery store. (real PJ’s not light blue denim) Also sometimes it is hard to tell swim suits from underwear so could be either. No one cares anyway.

  7. It looks again like a good time was had by all, John. Great pictures. 🙂 — Suzanne

    1. Thanks, Suzanne. It was a good time. 🙂

  8. Nice pictures John and every shot has that beautiful blue sky as background. Did you use a real camera or a smart phone?

    1. Just my iPhone 6 ES. Takes great photos

  9. Oh Lord, how I miss that parade. Thanks for the pics. But I don’t miss the spring break crowds…best to be somewhere else. 🙂

    1. Yes. We are girding for the breakers.

  10. Cracks me up, because those parades are usually at night. Looks like PA put their own spin on it and did it their way.

    1. Yes. Lots of drinks.

  11. I love to see the way you guys put your local twist on things. The kid on the skateboard wins my prize. 2nd prize to the Camaro. I also like the float with the kids, built on top of a boat trailer. You gt some handy people down there, John.

    1. They are handy. i think they have to be. can’t just run to Home Depot.

  12. Wow. This is the closest I’ve been to a Mardi Gra parade. You sure know how to whoop it up. I’m impressed. Thanks for the photos, John. I enjoyed this peek into your world. 😛
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    1. Thank you for the visit, Tess. 🙂

  13. Great parade – I have to admit it rivals Kitchener-Waterloo’s Oktoberfest Parade! I looked carefully to see which float John Cannon rode. Was he the guy in the motorised wheelchair, or was he in the EMS truck? Thanks, John, makes me yearn for some spring – it’s 23 F here today and feels like 10 F with the wind chill. Sigh.

    1. Only four more weeks, John. You can make it.

  14. Better than New Orleans! What fun! I loved the vintage Pontiac also as I remember my parents having one when I was a child. Port A does keep you busy, John!

    1. It does, Jo. Thanks. Happy Sunday to you.

  15. Desperation is becoming a constant companion…

  16. Great pics John

    1. Thanks, Lucy. 🙂

  17. Love this one, John — takes me back to the parades on the Miss. Gulf Coast during Mardi Gras. I was on one of the floats one year — what a blast that was! — and I’ve certainly grabbed my share of beads and doubloons. You’re right — the kids seem to get into it, too. In fact, the school kids get out on Fat Tuesday along the Coast, so there’s that. Lots of HUGE speakers on your floats!!

    1. Lots of loud music from those huge speakers, Debbie.

  18. Always something going on in your neck of the woods, John – love seeing the pics every weekend.

    1. Thanks, Teri.:-)

  19. Looks like a great time. Thanks for allowing us a view.

    1. It was fun. Thanks, Audrey.

  20. Great fun looking at your images of the Mardi Gras parade! I liked the vintage cars, and golf cart floats. The kids would have had a big AW! from me too.
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. My pleasure Deborah. Thanks for the comment.

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