Y’all, Mardi Gras is officially here! Lagniappe has a Mardi Gras tree in the office, “no parking” signs in the parking lot and port-a-potties right out the front door. If that doesn’t scream Mardi Gras, I don’t know what does! Not to mention the weather has been pretty nice.

I still need more King Cake, though; you can never eat too much, right? So it’s time to indulge and live it up, it’s Carnival season! Just remember, it’s a marathon not a sprint! I heard some of you crazy kids might have forgotten that this past weekend, but don’t worry, Boozie isn’t passing judgment. In fact, she salutes you!

It’s raining Reese’s
Senior Bowl has always been one of Boozie’s favorite events! Maybe it’s the beer, or the Reese’s, or just how it makes Mobile look really cool! Let’s be honest, it’s all three!

The week began with a welcome party that was pretty exclusive given the size of Senior Bowl. This year I didn’t make it, I had a bad case of hives … but one of my spies did. She reported that the drinks flowed just like the Sharpies on sports memorabilia.

Of course, the Alabama and Auburn players were once again the popular guys in the room. But also grabbing some attention was University of Central Florida linebacker Shaquem Griffin. Shaquem is so well known because he is a one-handed linebacker who lets nothing get in his way. He won Senior Bowl Practice Player of the Week and is also an all-around nice guy. Boozie knows he’ll be a force to be reckoned with in the NFL!

My spy said she didn’t spot Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield, but she said she also wasn’t looking for him. Not that you asked, but Boozie thinks he’s kind of a tool. I mean, he has a cool story (walk-on) and he is a good athlete (Heisman winner), but attitude is everything in my book. And word on the street is his ‘tude was kinda rude. Oh well. Bless his heart.

Moving on … while big-name college football players are in town, they also bring in big-name coaches! The biggest name in college football, actually the biggest name in football, Nick Saban, was spotted all over Mobile. Spies saw him at Vigor and McGill-Toolen. Then the coach stopped by Pollman’s Bakery for lunch! What does a National Championship coach order? Well, ol’ Nick kept it simple with a chicken salad sandwich on wheat, Zapp’s potato chips and a water. How anyone goes to Pollman’s and doesn’t get a cupcake, cookie or anything sweet is beyond me! But I can’t say I’m surprised that Nick Saban didn’t indulge.

While Nick was enjoying Pollman’s, the NFL folks were dining at Mobile’s other famous joint, Callaghan’s. Denver Broncos General Manager John Elway was spotted and the spies said he was very nice. New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton and Baltimore Ravens General Manager Ozzie Newsome also made their way into Oakleigh’s Irish social club. No word on what they ordered, but it’s safe to assume it was the burger. Yum, now I am hungry!

Enough about the week before, let’s talk about the big game! Boozie and crew arrived in plenty of time to pre-game. I drank plenty of beer but, more importantly, ate probably 200 corn nuggets in the Iberia Bank corporate tent. While enjoying the endless supply of beer and people watching, we spotted none other than Mayor Sandy Stimpson with his daughter and grandchildren and City Councilman Fred Richardson. Other than that, the tent was low-key, with people just enjoying the food, drinks and music.

One of my guests worked some magic and got us into the Spire (formerly Mobile Gas) tent. And let me tell y’all, that tent is snazzy. They had flowers, more food, wine and Reese’s treats on every table. My friend said you wouldn’t believe how many Reese’s cups he had shoved in his pockets (can’t take him anywhere). So we made ourselves at home with gumbo, fried pickles and chicken fingers and laughed at how we should get our money’s worth after our December and January gas bills. Only kidding! After getting a good base, we decided it was time to do what we came here for, watch the game!

Mardi parti
While we’ve had plenty of Mardi Gras parties going on all year, this past weekend we had our first parades in downtown Mobile, and they did not disappoint!

Conde Cavaliers took to the streets Friday night and I’d say it was a big crowd for the first parade. The threat of rain on Saturday might have kept some folks at home for the parade but not the others from partying! Boozie had multiple reports of wildness happening all over town!

In fact, we hear there was some fine dancin’ at the Pierrettes Ball on Saturday night. The Pierrettes are unique in that they have choreographed dances in their tableau. In fact, their emblem this year was a certified dance instructor who owns a dance studio. We hear it was quite fab!

Out on the dance floor, though, our spy said one guest had some “interesting” dance moves. She said the girl would get down on her knees and dance and crawl around, then when she was on her feet she looked as if she was in “The Matrix,” bending in every direction and swinging her arms. Sounds kind of like Boozie’s signature dance!

My spy said she thinks the girl was escorted out for having a little too much fun. Dancing girl: 0, Mardi Gras: 1. Hey, it’s the Gras. You’re supposed to let the good times roll. But some times they roll all over you.

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