Today is one of my favorite days of the year!
It's the culmination of the Mardi Gras season...
"Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday. It's also called Shrove Tuesday, Carnival Tuesday or Pancake Tuesday, depending on where the celebration is taking place. No matter the name, it's a day of revelry that includes parades, parties and gastronomic indulgence before the Christian fasting season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. It marks the last day of the Carnival season, basically a six-week period of partying around the globe. What began as a holiday rooted in religious tradition has become a cultural phenomenon, leading to parties for the sake of partying, and not necessarily in anticipation of 40 days of penance between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday." (CNN Travel)
No matter how many years
Sweet Loretta & I have celebrated Mardi Gras together
the essential ya-ya vibe remains the same!
Here at Mind Smoke Manor
everything is festooned with purple, green & gold!
Big Chief Journeyboy is in full costume!
Mind Smoke Manor's Sgt @ Arms aka Sir Leroy is ready for party duty!
The Beer is on ice!
The Hurricane Mix has been mixed to the max!
There's a big ol' pot of gumbo is simmering away on the stove!
Hey! Wait a minute...We need some music for this here party!!!
HERE'S SOME ESSENTIAL FAT TUESDAY SOUNDS!
GO TO THE MARDI GRAS - PROFESSOR LONGHAIR
MY DARLING NEW ORLEANS - Lil Queenie & The Percolators
WOMAN OR A MAN - MICHAEL DOUCET & CAJUN BREW
Two-Way-A-Pocky Way – Dixie Cups
HOT 8 BRASS BAND - SEXUAL HEALING
THEME FROM GAME OF THRONES - NEW ORLEANS SWAMP DONKEYS
“Carnival is a butterfly of winter
whose last real flight of Mardi Gras forever ends his glory.
Another season is the season of another butterfly,
and the tattered, scattered, fragments of rainbow wings
are in turn the record of his day.”
– Lafcadio Hearn
ASPHALT JUNGLE - JAMBALAYA BRASS BAND
HEY MA PETIT FILLE - BUCKWHEAT ZYDECO
Throughout the day & night WWOZ in New Orleans
Will be bringing the FAT TUESDAY groove!
Click on the icon above & dig the sounds!
Here's some shots from a Mardi Gtras hoedown we had
@ Mind Smoke Manor this week!
Good Times were had by one & all!
The clock on the wall says it's time
to finish up this here blog post
with some audio memories from WWOZ from back in the 80's
which was compiled by my fellow raconteur
John C. Engelhardt
Download Link to some Mardi Gras WWOZ Memories: