I have talked about our tradition of traveling to Mobile, Alabama each year for Mardi Gras. We have missed a few years because of work and budget and life, but I am very happy to say that we’ve just returned from another trip to the Gulf Coast that was filled with fun, laughs, and, of course, beads!
Friday we flew in to MOB and drove straight to the float barn to get Mr. Acorns’ beads and throws all organized in his spot on his float. This year was his first ride – SO EXCITING!!! We got everything squared away, hit CVS for a few forgotten items and some wine and beer (yes, you can buy all of that in one place in the South), then we checked into our hotel.
Friday night is the Crewe of Columbus parade, and it’s always a fun time! We hung out together with friends & family before, after, and during the parade, then headed back to our hotel to get our friends’ kids to bed. Fortunately, the floor they were staying on was all Crew of Columbus folks who were out at the ball for the night, so we were able to leave the kids in the room sleeping while we sat in the hallway with our wine (and vodka. and popcorn.) for a few hours. MUCH fun. The men all crashed early but Mrs. D and Ms. B and I had fun giggling until after midnight.
Saturday starts with a hearty breakfast, then the men took the kids to go decorate the room for the ball that night. This meant that Mrs. D and I had about 2.5 hours to ourselves. She took a nap, I decided to pamper and primp a little bit with a long, hot shower and painting my nails. Then I threw on some clothes and headed down to meet the crew for the noon parade, which is really a combination of several crews, including the Floral Parade that is made up of children. It’s always fun, and I even got a little bit of sunburn standing there. Ahhhhh. Next up was the race to Dauphin Street for lunch with the entire rest of the crowd.
From there it’s really just relaxing and socializing until the men leave to get suited up and the parade starts at 6 (or 6:30, it’s always changing). I have to confess, seeing Mr. Acorns off to his first ride made me teary. I was so excited for him!
The MOT parade was FABULOUS, as always. The theme this year was There’s a First Time for Everything, and the float themes included First President, First Sin, First Knight (Mr. Acorns was on that one!), First Base, First Hunt, and a bunch of others. When Mr. Acorns’ float came around, Ms. K held the sign for me and Mrs. D helped me get up to the rail. And then, I cried hahahaha. He saw us, threw me a ton of stuff, and I blew him lots of kisses!!!! He did great! We then got dumped on when the rest of our friends and family came through on the last float. Always a fun time!
Then it’s onto the chaos of getting ready for the ball, the fun of call-outs and the tableau, lots of food and drink, and general great time. Everyone is usually exhausted, with sore feet, but we have a good time! We inevitably think we should go out for one more drink, which results in the Sunday hangover, but it’s worth it. This year on Sunday we grabbed breakfast then went back to Mrs. D’s parents’ house to visit for a few hours before we headed to the airport. Mr. & Mrs. K are remodeling her parents’ house in Mobile and it looks incredible.
Then, sadly, it was time to leave the 75 degree weather and head north. We had (mostly) uneventful flights, one missing bag (that was finally delivered on Tuesday), and returned to the polar vortex much to our chagrin.
Check out my photos from this year’s trip!**
***the group photo collage is a mix of my photos and those taken by Ms. B, as she was the smart one who brought a real camera haha! thanks again EB!