Did you eat your black-eyed peas and greens on New Year’s Day? Have they started paying off yet?
I’m not feeling rich but I am feeling pretty lucky, as I have been served up some pretty tasty scoops the last couple of weeks. It’s been all kind of crazy around here lately. And I’ve got all the yummy details right here, so dig on in!
Happy New Year!
Thousands of folks gathered downtown to count down to the new year and decade and watch a giant marshmallow and cake confection from Chattanooga drop from the side of a Mobile building.
Collective Soul, the ’90s rock band that had hits with “Shine” and “The World I Know,” among others, provided the entertainment for the assembled MoonPie Drop lovin’ crowd.
But before Ed Roland and the gang took to the stage, our sources say they had a delicious meal at downtown favorite, Roosters. No word on which one of their sumptuous Latin-inspired dishes they devoured but we feel certain they loved it.
Meanwhile, everyone else in the entire city complained of hearing automatic gunfire go off at midnight, as if we were living in a “war zone,” as one spy put it.
I’ve never understood why anyone would want to do this. From a purely practical perspective, it seems like a waste of bullets, as evidenced by one Oakleigh resident who found one lodged in his front porch a couple of days later. Nice!
Let’s all try to remember: What goes up must come down. A lady in Houston was killed by a stray New Year’s Eve bullet. This concludes Boozie’s public service announcement on this.
World’s longest Mardi Gras parade
Carnival season got kicked off (sort of) as the “world’s longest Mardi Gras parade” hit the streets of Downtown Mobile on Saturday, Jan. 4 in celebration of the LendingTree Bowl. Many of the Mardi Gras organizations lent one or more floats to the parade, and it really was one of the longest parades our spies have attended. The fans for both teams really seemed to enjoy it.
But my spies did say there were riders throwing some sort of “nasty generic moonpie” that was clearly not a real MoonPie. Our spies kindly request this situation is rectified before real Mardi Gras begins. Throw those nasty things away! Please and thank you.
Twelfth Night festivities
While a parade rolled on Saturday, Jan. 4, Mardi Gras really didn’t get kicked off until Sunday, January 5, which was Twelfth Night, or the eve of the Epiphany when Carnival season truly begins and it’s “legal’ to eat king cake.
My spies said two highly secretive organizations held parties at both Cotton and Crown halls, just a stone’s throw away from each other.
The spies were tight-lipped, but said fun, frivolity, misrule, robes, masks and fire were involved. Sounds like the perfect start to the season of excess to me!
Well kids, that’s all I got this time. Just remember, whether rain or shine, dramatic or scandalous, or some plain ol’ Twelfth Night lovin’, I will be there! Ciao!
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