Well we survived. Barely. Mardi Gras is hard y’all. Some of my spies are still unaccounted for. Some are accounted for but they had such a good time themselves, they couldn’t remember what they saw to report on it. Geez. It’s so hard to find good help these days!
Anyway, I do have some Mardi Gras craziness and other tasty treats for you. So let’s just get right to it!
You caught what?
The Saturday parades are always crowd favorites, especially the iconic Mystics of Time (MOT) dragon floats. But this year my spies were more impressed with the really strange things they caught. One person who was at the floral parade reported catching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle birthday decorations. What the what? Are people just cleaning out their closets and junk drawers for throws now?
But by far the strangest catch of the season was later that night at the MOT parade, when one young man caught an autographed photo of Verne Troyer, better known as Mini Me from the “Austin Powers” movies. Strangely, the autographed copy was made out to some dude named Jeremy. I guess Jeremy wanted to share the love with the crowd.
It rained buckets on Joe Cain Day, but that didn’t stop some brave souls from heading downtown. Police estimated the crowds to be a little over 5,000. Considering we were under a tornado watch, that’s not too shabby.
Joe Cain marchers delighted as always, as the Wild Mauvillians, Dauphin Street Drunks, Skeleton Crew and more paraded down the streets of Mobile. The legendary Bob Grip served as the honorary Big Chief for the Wild Mauvillians. One of the coolest new groups spotted on the parade route were the Mystic Squirrels of Bienville, aka the SOBs. They carried signs saying how it was “nuts” that the city fined folks for feeding the squirrels. Another group dressed as the “amateur sketch” from the infamous WPMI Crichton Leprechaun viral news video got some chuckles as well.
Despite the horrific weather, and parade-goers and marchers getting absolutely soaked, it was a really fun day. I think sometimes the rainy-day parades actually end up being more fun.
We will have all of your Lundi Gras and Fat Tuesday scoop in the next issue.
One of my spies noticed a business on Springhill Avenue with a very strange message on its marquee. It read, “RIH Jamie.” The spy wasn’t sure if they were just missing the “P” from their letters or they were saying “Rest in Hell.” Or I guess it could be heaven? Either way, it’s kind of strange.
Well kids, that’s all I got this issue. Don’t stop drinking for Lent! I need you to keep misbehaving! And just remember, whether rain or shine, dramatic or scandalous, or just some plain ol’ Gras gossip. I will be there! Ciao!
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