Throwing Stuff At People

mardi-day-1156

Click Here for More Pictures from Mardi Gras 2009

After a weeklong orgy of food, music, stories, sore legs and photography I realized that   Mardi Gras is not what I expected.  I imagined Mardi Gras to be booze and bare breasts with thousands of people behaving badly.  I have learned that Mardi Gras is a fun celebration that binds family and community together via tradition, stories and the sharing outrageous fun of the Mardi Gras parades.

 

One of my favorite memories from my childhood in Detroit was the Thanksgiving Day Christmas parade.  Now imagine a city that has not one parade but dozens.  Each parade has its unique roots and route.   I watched in awe as dozens and dozens of marching bands and floats rode colorfully by.  I watched in amazement has thousands of well behaved people lined the streets in a community wide celebration.

 

History tells us that in late 18 century  in France the aristocrats paraded around Paris tossing out food to the hungry peasants in honor of Mardi Gras.  In New Orleans instead of food it is beads, umbrellas, stuff toys, fake coins and for the lucky few, a painted coconut.

 

Who knew it could be so much fun to dress up, drive around and throw stuff at people but fun is what Mardi Gras is about.  I watched as kids from troubled neighborhoods reached out, screamed, and begged in delight for somebody to toss a bead their way.  I saw the same child like joy in the VIP stands with the rich matrons of old money New Orleans. 

 

In Mardi Gras, all in New Orleans become united by joy of an old tradition kept alive by sheer fun.  Mardi Gras does not make sense until you live it and living it is definitely worth the trip.

More pictures on Monday.

Sincerely,

Zave Smith

www.zavesmith.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advertisements

About Zave Smith

Commercial Photography for Advertising.
This entry was posted in advertising, Commercial Photography, Photography.. Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Throwing Stuff At People

  1. Dyante says:

    Just dropping by.Btw, you website have great content!

    ______________________________
    In Only 3 Minutes, You Can Quickly And Easily Crank Out A Killer Cover Letter That Is Guaranteed To Have Your Phone Ringing Off The Hook With Hot Job Interviews And Top Job Offers… Without Writing One Word!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s