Jackie and I got up last Saturday morning and headed out pretty early. We had lots to do before we could go to Endymion. We picked up her birthday cake (a donut kingcake from Tastee!), stopped by Marguerite’s to get two more regular kingcakes (one for her to take back with her), and then went to the hospital for a visit with Lizzie. And Jackie ended up with a Muses shoe after all: Lizzie made her pick one out from her own 2016 collection. She was shocked!
After our time with Lizzie, we went back home to get Kenny and the boys. The next thing on our agenda was to go to our spot for Endymion. Dana graciously invited us to come hang with them at Dave’s office on Canal Street. It was a great location fairly early in the route, and the kids all had a great time playing together all day.
Riley ate about 4 pieces of kingcake throughout the day. He was so very happy.
I brought Jackie’s massive birthday kingcake out sometime mid-afternoon, and the kids all gathered around to sing to her. I think it’s safe to say that this birthday was very unique for her: having birthday kingcake out on Canal Street in New Orleans, surrounded by so many people, some she knew and lots she didn’t, waiting to see her first superkrewe Mardi Gras parade. Life was good.
After sampling the delicious sugary goodness, we decided to walk some of it off and check out the sights along the parade route. Nola and Nopsi, Uncle Jeff, Aunt E, and Kate, Jenn, and Dana came too. Again, it was SO pretty; we had really fantastic weather the entire weekend.
Dana even scored Jackie a birthday jello shot!
But the kids really just wanted to know when the parade would start.
When we got back to Dave’s office, the crowd had started to thicken up. It was getting close to parade time!
Endymion arrived at our spot just before 5pm. Nopsi set our two ice chests together so Jackie and I could stand on them for a better view. Kate was in her ladder, Riley wormed his way into Claire and Colin’s ladder, and Rory rotated his way through several people’s arms. Fun times.
All was going well until Kate said she didn’t feel good. She complained a few times during the day that her tummy hurt, but no one expected her to actually get sick. But she did. While sitting up in her ladder. However, Erin, supermom that she is, anticipated it perfectly and shoved a Mardi Gras cup in front of Kate’s mouth just in time. Boom. Total mom win.
Poor Kate. Erin and Jeff took her home early, and Jenn, Nola and Nopsi all left too, but Kenny, Jackie, the boys, and I stayed. That meant we got to see the famous Pontchartrain Beach float. It’s one of my all-time favorites. Jackie was amazed, and I was glad Kenny finally got to see the impressive 9-section float!
The kids alternated between up in the ladder, on someone’s shoulders, and running around on the ground. They had a blast. Jackie too!
Rory had a great time making a huge pile of beads. He ran around collecting all of the beads on the ground and put them in one big pile. Which he then laid in. Crazy fries.
When the parade ended, we gathered up all of our stuff, watched the clean-up process, told everyone thank you and goodbye, and then headed back to the car. It was such a great day, but there was more parading to be done the next day.
Recap of Thoth Sunday coming up next!