Whew, what a weekend! I hardly know where to begin. I mean, it’s not even Mardi Gras weekend and you kids went hard in the pint. Come Monday I was still hung over, and as gossip rolled in I quickly realized I wasn’t the only one! At least I didn’t have a moral hangover like a few of you might’ve had.

No worries, though. Before long you’ll have 40 days to make up for it. So live it up now and make up for it later — it’s Mardi Gras time!

View from the viewing stand
Oh, the Athelstan Club, it’s every parent’s dream. If you are a member, you can take the kids and pretty much chug drinks while they run around with the other kids as they try to get a front-row view in the stands that sit along the parade route. Not a bad gig, if you ask me.

Well, on Thursday night as the Polka Dots took to the street, the Athelstan Club viewing stand got a view of more than they’d probably bargained for. As one of the floats toward the beginning of the lineup passed by, the stand erupted in laughter. The back door of the float had swung wide open, and a masked rider was sitting on the portable toilet for all the world to see. She obviously didn’t care, as she didn’t move as the float rolled by. When you gotta go, you gotta go!

While on the subject of the Polka Dots, let’s talk about the queen’s entrance into the ball. Typically the queen is escorted in, since the theme was something to do with goddesses (my spy was a little drunk and can’t remember the exact theme). Well, the queen goddess took things to a whole new level. She was carried out on a platform by four muscular men wearing nothing but shendyts — you know, those kilt-like garments worn in ancient Egypt. RRRROOOOOWWWWW! Way to make an entrance!

Saturday shenanigans
This past Saturday was the Comic Cowboys’ annual barn party, and this year they weren’t backing down from poking fun of lots of stuff. A lot has happened since last Mardi Gras so you can imagine they had to pick to choose from all the craziness that happened during the year.

Mayor Sandy Stimpson was spotted at the party. No word on whether he laughed at the sign referencing some of the city shenanigans. But the way Boozie sees it, it’s best to just laugh about it and leave it at that. Also spotted were members of the Mardi Gras court including queen Caroline Meacham.

The party didn’t stop there. The good times continued to roll until the parade that night and afterward. One guy was caught taking a dirt nap outside Moe’s when the night was still very young. He at least made it to after the parade but it wasn’t long after. A few folks tried to help him up but he seemed content where he was. Ahhhh Mardi Gras!

Spotted
I told y’all last week of a film called “Black Water” being shot here and Dolph Lundgren being spotted. Well, this week Jean-Claude Van Damme was spotted downtown, who is also in the film. Monday filming took place at Dauphin Island, including a scene that was shot in island favorite Fins. Where will they be next?

And in case you aren’t on Facebook (cough, mom), then you might have missed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg bopping around town. Yep, one of the world’s richest men came not only to Mobile but also Bayou la Batre.

Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla, were spotted all over downtown, from the Haberdasher to Wintzell’s. He was asking people where to go and what to do. Hopefully the kind folks of Mobile handed him a copy of Lagniappe. But even if they didn’t, it sounds like he did some #somobile things, like eating a Reuben at Serda Brewing Co., sipping The Haberdasher’s Fig Newton cocktail and, of course, attending a Mardi Gras parade.

Zuckerberg didn’t just party while he was in town, he also attended Sunday service at Aimwell Baptist Church and got to pretend to be Forrest Gump for a day and take a ride on a shrimp boat down on the Bayou. Safe travels to the Zuckerbergs on their tour of the South! Now y’all come back and see us, ya hear?

Well, kids, that’s all I’ve got this week. Just remember, whether rain or shine, dramatic or scandalous, or just some plain ol’ Mardi Gras lovin’, I will be there. Ciao!