Happy Spring to you! It’s been a busy February but here is a recap of the adventures of the traveling sash! After Go Red for Women’s Heart Health day and Texas Regency International, I was able to travel across my great state of Louisiana for Cirque du Soleil in Shreveport. I haven’t been to the northern part of LA for quite a while but it was great to catch a beautiful sunset and see a great show!
Now, after being home, we were able to dive into Mardi Gras! On January 6, Mardi Gras season begins through Fat Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday). In New Orleans, they used to have parades every weekend (pre-covid) so we pretty much party for several months! In Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s State Capital, we have two weeks of parades and a whole month’s worth of balls to recognize Mardi Gras royalty, pages, and debutantes. This year we attended Artemis, Krewe de Mystique, Krewe of Orion, Mid-City, Southdowns, and Spanish Town. We also attended the Orion ball where our good friends had their daughter recognized as a Queen’s page. It is truly an honor to be selected as a page because one day they can become a maid and possibly the krewe queen! Mardi Gras royalty is handed down in families so a “common” person from the community most likely cannot become royalty unless the krewe selects “local celebrities.” Older krewes were compromised of men only, though there are women krewes and they even have children’s krewes too. The older male krewes require their members to ride “masked” on the float during the parade. Back in the day, it was consider “not proper” to be acting wild and crazy in public though krewes consisted of well-to-do men of the communities. They had to be masked so to hide their identity. Beads are collected as if worth their weight in gold – but it’s really just for fun nowadays! We collect the king & queen’s beads of each parade and the doubloons. We decorate our trees with the beads and then save them for other parades throughout the year and recycle them. Once Mardi Gras is over, Lenten season begins in preparation for Easter.
So that’s what we have been up to! Besides spending time with family, I’ve also been busy with my responsibilities of being the President of my sorority’s alumnae chapter and hosting donation drives for CASA. March brings a very busy travel season with UNM National Forum in Atlanta and RIM Bootcamp in Dallas. So let’s get back to it!
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