Brrrrrrrr! Oh wait, never mind, it’s hot again. Not sure what Mother Nature is thinking or doing, but she needs to chill, literally. I don’t understand how we go from arctic blast (still a little bitter we didn’t get a snow/ice day like our North Alabama friends) to the 70s. I know I am no weather woman, but something seems a little off.
Don’t get me wrong, I hate cold, rainy days. But what I don’t hate is being able to wear a sweater or light jacket. Not to mention, Mobile folks act like the world is ending when it gets cold, which in turn is bad for business.
But have no fear! Some of my spies braved the oh-so-frigid temps to bring you heartwarming gossip!
Laissez les bon temps rouler
Mardi Gras has officially begun. I know, I know. My liver needed more time, too. But when you are a Mobilian, you just have to let the good times roll. And this past weekend, my spies said at least a few groups of revelers did just that.
On Jan. 6 the Church Street Graveyard Society held its inaugural Twelfth Night Revelry at an undisclosed location. The CSGS was founded in the 1970s by David Cooper and other civic leaders to maintain the graveyard and oversee the Joe Cain Day events for the city.
Chief Slacabamorinico gave an invocation to officially kick off Mobile’s 2017 Carnival season. Music was supplied by the Youth Jazz Studio and Bay City Brass Bands. A variety of New Orleans and Mobile king cakes were served. Those finding the babies were declared Lord and Lady of Misrule and had absolute authority over the festivities, which they exercised with minimal decorum.
The krewe then moved via trolley to an official after-party at Callaghan’s, and on to the unofficial after-party on Dauphin Street, lasting until the wee hours of Jan. 7.
Picking up where they left off, on Jan. 7 there was a ball at The Grounds, Queens With Dreams. The lady revelers were all dressed as different Barbies. They ranged from Western to Ballerina to Malibu and so on.
Boozie’s spy reported the leading lady wore a stunning white dress and white angel wings. Guess she was hoping for Victoria’s Secret angel wings instead of Barbie’s Dream House, but either way my spy said she looked amazing.
The compliments don’t stop there — my spy also reported Fox 10’s Kati Weis was the emcee of the ball and was wearing a beautiful red dress. Come on, Barbie, let’s go party!
While on the subject of Mardi Gras and my liver needing more recovery time, I could also have used some more time before king cake season arrived. Everybody is out there trying to get fit but every time you turn around there is a king cake. No complaints, really, except that we don’t have a king cake delivery system. Then again, I don’t want a delivery system if it’s going to be that creepy-looking king cake baby from New Orleans. They may try to claim Mardi Gras and king cakes but they can have that baby! We don’t want it.
Ice, ice, baby
If this past weekend wasn’t ice skating weather, then I don’t know what is. Riverside Ice saw large crowds mostly because it finally felt like an environment you could ice skate in. One of my spies braved the cold so her kiddos could enjoy the opportunity to bundle up and go ice skating. She said they had a blast despite the crowds. Mom’s only complaint was that they need an adult beverage section. Spoken like a true Boozie spy!
That is some food for thought, Mr. Mayor. Plus, a little liquid courage might increase ice skate rentals. Like I said, food for thought.
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!