It's Beckett's world - you just live in it.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Laissez les bon temps roulez! Geaux Saints!

I have been looking at the snOHMYDOG! pictures of my mid-Atlantic furrends. My dog cousins Phoebe and Carrie in the mythical land of New Jersey are enjoying their fluffy white stuff, and I admit I am a little jealous.

But down here in the land of Mobile, Babablama, Mardi Paws is in full swing. (Technically, it's Carnival season, but around here the whole season, not just Fat Tuesday, is referred to as Mardi Paws.) Many of you probably associate Mardi Paws with New Orleans, but in fact Mobile has been celebrating Mardi Paws since 1703. If you are interested in learning more about Mardi Paws in Mobile, there is an interesting documentary called The Order of Myths.

During this time of year there are lots of parades and balls. (Mom says that the balls are actually big parties, not balls that you can chase.) The day of Mardi Paws itself, lots of people (even my mom) have the day off work. Mom, who is not from here, has always called that day Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day, and has celebrated by going to eat pancakes at church, but since she moved here she has had to make her own pancakes at home before going downtown to the parades.

This year is extra special because those New Orleans SAINTS are in the SUPER BOWL during MARDI PAWS! The Saints are the closest NFL team to Mobile, and there are a lot of people from New Orleans who now live in Mobile (especially after Katrina), so all around town you can see the fleur de lis and signs that say GEAUX SAINTS or WHO DAT? Woohoo GEAUX SAINTS!

So we don't have any fluffy white stuff that falls from the skies, but you do have to watch out for falling "throws" - beads, cups, coins, stuffed animals, candy, and Moon Pies!


Stella said...

Sounds like tons o' fun, Beckett. Are you sure you aren't missing all this wonderful snow that keeps falling?

Shall we UPS you some?

Don't get too wild at the balls, now, but have lots of fun.


D.K. Wall said...

But think if you mixed some snow into all of the rest of Carnival - how much fun that would be.

Unknown said...

With all the fun you're about to have, just forget about the lovely snow for a minute. Just go with the flow and have a "ball", Becket :)

Mack said...

That pancake day seems absolutely wonderful. I wonder if my mom would do a pancake day for us?

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...

Will I get some beads if I show my pantyloons?

PeeEssWoo:Good lukhk with the game - we won't be watching as we gave up N** with V*** in it...

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Mardi Gras always seems to be such a fun time. We are happy for the Saints - a big boost to that area. Bet there was lots of pawtying in New Orleans all night long.

We got a little snow on Friday and a little more overnight but nothing like those lucky dogs in the Middle Atlantic area.

Woos, Phantom and Thunder

Fenway said...

Congrats on your Saints!

Oh, for heavens sake. We're getting 10-20 more inches of snow starting tomorrow.

Ms Alpha is ready to high tail it down south for some of those pancakes.

Your pal,