Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Mardi Gras Parade And Lunch

Summerdale, AL.

51 deg. overcast, no wind.

Forecast = Mostly cloudy in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 68F. Winds from the South at 5-10 mph.

The park Mardi Gras parade kicked off from the clubhouse at 11:00 yesterday morning and circled around through parts of the park before returning to the clubhouse. It wasn't a big parade, but I think most everyone here in the park had a good time and enjoyed watching it and catching the beads and candy that the participants threw out to the spectators. ; )

Below, are a few of the photos that Jim took of the parade.

As you can see, Just about anything that could roll was decorated and entered into the parade. : )

After the parade, everyone started gathering for lunch. On the menu was Pulled pork  sandwich, baked beans, potato wedges, slaw, desert and drinks.

They even had a band that was playing from the stage.

After the meal, there were skits, and then an auction for some chairs that some of the members of the club had refurbished by refinishing and re-caning the seats.

By the time Jim and Linda got back here, it was time for naps. ; )  After his nap, Jim went outside and checked a few things on me. He also closed the grey water valve so that some water would accumulate in the tank so that when he dumps my black water tank today, he'll have some gray water to flush out the sewer hose.

There will be more festivities at the clubhouse today and then, we'll be leaving here tomorrow morning. It's hard to believe we've been here for 2 weeks already.

Did you know that the first Mardi Gras parade was staged in the United States 1837?

It has been reported that there was just one float, which, despite its crudeness, brought great joy to the people of New Orleans. Today, the city begins its cascade of parades the Friday before Ash Wednesday. The parades feature hundreds of different floats from the city's many parishes, each of which is sponsored by a different Krewes, or club.

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