I saw my first REAL Mardi Gras. I grabbed a rack of beads that was being tossed from the decorative floats. The floats all had various themes -- the Wizard of Oz and Jack and the Beanstalk.
Other notable moments from Day two included the street dance performers. The guys who were breakdancing were great. And I can't forget the youngsters who were "tapdancing" for money. I admit I got hustled out of a couple dollars by these kids. They appeared to be tapdancing, but they were actually using crushed soda cans attached to the bottom of their sneakers. Only in New Orleans!
I also enjoyed some delicious New Orleans food -- I started out with a Shrimp Po'Boy.
Basically a fried shrimp sandwich. It was off the hook. It came with some potato salad, also great!! We at while a live jazz band played various hits -- including "What's Going On" by Marvin Gaye.
We also attempted to get a New Orleans specialty --- beignets. It's a puffy square French doughnut covered in powdered sugar. It looks like something you would see at a carnival or fair. Unfortunately, the line and the wait was too long and we wanted to get to the Endymion parade. So we left. But I will have some beignets before I return.
I also found out what all the fuss was about behind the "Hurricane" and "Hand Grenade" beverages. Pretty good! :-)