Happy Yardi Gras, Y’all

Yes, yes, I know that Mardi Gras is done, dusted, and over for the year. But, just like Christmas decorations stay up after Christmas day, the Yardi Gras spirit continues for just a little while longer.

One of my favorite house floats. The old ladies crack me up. Big Freedia is in the house!

What is Yardi Gras you ask?

Dolly decorating St. Charles Avenue. Rumor is that Dolly herself actually sent some swag to at least one of the four Dolly themed floats. We so don’t deserve Dolly Parton.

Well, after everyone had picked themselves up and dusted themselves off after learning that all the parades were cancelled due to covid, a woman here in New Orleans had the brilliant idea to decorate her house and throw beads at passersby. She encouraged others to do the same. The response was huge.

Unicorns in the Garden District.

Thus, the Krewe of House Floats was born, described on their website as a “socially-distant Mardi Gras krewe founded under the belief that if we cannot safely gather together on the parade route in 2021, then we can bring the spirit of the parades home to celebrate the Carnival season in a pandemic-safe manner that supports our friends, neighbors, local culture-bearers and locally owned businesses.”

One of the first house floats to go up in the city.

Soon, other krewes got in on the action.

This was a great one. I love the frog and the pelican.

The Krewe of Red Beans started the “Hire a Mardi Gras Artist” initiative, which crowdsourced the money to decorate houses and hire artists that typically work on the massive floats that, in a normal year, would be parading through the city.

You can’t really see it in this photo, but this house had a tree decorated with bags of snacks.

Some of the rich folks that live on St. Charles Avenue hired float-making studios to create works of art on their lawns.

One of the standouts on St. Charles Avenue.

Thousands of house floats went up all over the city.

Love the creativity behind this one. Nothing to do with Mardi Gras, but it sure made me smile.

They provided a little bit of Mardi Gras cheer to everyone who walked by.

A house being attacked by a giant octopus. Believe it or not, the tentacles were attached to air blowers.

And they provided a little bit of help to those adversely impacted by the cancellation of Mardi Gras. Many of the houses had signs up instructing viewers how to venmo local charities. Some neighborhoods encouraged viewers to donate non-perishable food items.

Oh, how I hope things are back to normal in 2022.

Yardi Gras was damn near perfect (except for the idiot tourists that walked around without masks). We hope it is a new tradition, even after Mardi Gras resumes.

About theschneiduks

Lisa has a degree in biology and another in law and has spent the last 20 years working as a patent litigator. She is a voracious reader of young adult dystopian fiction and watches far too much bad tv. She loves pretty much anything to do with zombies, and doesn’t think there is anything weird about setting an alarm at 6 am on a weekend to stumble to a pub to watch her beloved Chelsea boys. Robert has had many professions, including a chef, a salesman, an IT guy and most recently, a stay at home dog dad. He speaks Italian and hopes to learn Spanish on this trip. He loves nothing more than a day spent sailing, hopes to do more scuba diving, and rues the day he introduced Lisa to football (i.e., soccer).
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