Mardi Gras!

Carnival season
From Twelfth Night to Fat Tuesday
King cake and “bubbles”

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Magical Kingdom
Themes, maids, dukes, queens and kings
Mystic realm erupts

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From infants to grands
Glitter, feathers, paint and stones
Royal colors explode

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World party on us
Masks, costumes, doubloons and throws
Purple, green and gold

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Krewe frivolity
“Throw me something, Mister
Lent fast ends it all!

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Mardi Gras is in my blood, in my spirit and in my soul!!! I was raised on the celebrations and magical aura surrounding this time of year since I was born. I have been on the “street side” of Mardi Gras and the “Royalty side” of Mardi Gras. My dad was “King” of two Men’s Carnival Krewes, as well as my mother was “Queen” of two Women’s Carnival Krewes. I have been a “page” to the Queen, a “Maid” in two men’s Krewes, and a “Queen” in three. It is the greatest free party and celebration for the public, as the members of the Men and Women organizations “foot” the bill for costumes, floats, as well as doubloons, beads, candy and trinkets. As fun as it is to participate and observe from the “street”, it is a blast to be on the floats “throwing” to the crowds. Love the sound of “Throw me something, Mister” or “Throw me something, Lady!” Contrary to the media, it is a family celebration, enjoyed by all. Purple, Green and Gold, indeed RULE at this time. Happy Mardi Gras Day!! ~~ Laissez les bon temps rouler! ~~
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“I have trouble explaining to out-of-towners why people here spend $1,000 to wear a mask so no one knows who they are, and then give away things to people they’ve never met. But I guess it’s an opportunity for everybody to play Santa Claus. That’s at the heart of it.” ~~~ Arthur Hardy

© by rgb for “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”, 2011
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CloakedMonk’s MarchChallenge prompt – Mardi Gras / Abundance
http://cloakedmonk.com/2011/02/27/march-challenge/

http://jinglepoetry.blogspot.com/

About becca givens

Becca is an artist, poet, and animal communicator. She delights in cooking, nurturing, and sharing a rich spiritual life with others on the Path.
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27 Responses to Mardi Gras!

  1. Jingle says:

    awesome…

    perfect image and wording…

    A++

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  2. gomagoti says:

    I really like the last stanza.

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  3. trisha says:

    just fantastic becca. you captured the spirit beautifully.

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  4. Reflections says:

    Love the insider peek at an atmosphere I have never had the pleasure of enjoying. Have heard many stories, sounds like a fabulous experience. Thank you for sharing.

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    • Becca Givens says:

      Thank you … it is a fun/magical/mystical time … and I always prefer to look at it from the lighter side than the side often portrayed by the media! 🙂 Happy you stopped by … now onto fasting of Lent!! 😉

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  5. Mickie Brown says:

    I do so love your haiku!!! I write one now and then, but none are quite as “deep” or well put as yours. I’m relatively new to blogging and just by chance came across yours. I will check back frequently. I’d love to have you come by mine sometime. Mickie Brown

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    • Becca Givens says:

      Thank you Mickie … Haiku and blogging are relatively new for me as well – I celebrate 6 weeks of blogging and only a few months of Haiku … i love your site as well … please stop by anytime!!

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  6. cloakedmonk says:

    C’est beau! My piano teacher (a zillion years ago when I was little) was from New Orleans and used to bring us beads every year. I am/was jealous!

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  7. Jingle says:

    rich imagery..
    lovely entry…

    I don’t go often, love watching it online.

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  8. honeyhaiku says:

    Brava! This is fabu!

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  9. I don’t understand why spend $1000, too! Why?

    Really colorful pics!

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    • Becca Givens says:

      Jessie – it is in the our South Louisiana “blood”! It is considered a tradition of joyful sharing … nothing like watching the faces of the crowds from the floats … 🙂

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  10. vivinfrance says:

    I loved your insider account of a real carneval. We have a very scaled down version every second July, here in this small French village and it’s a great way to bond with people to spend the Spring months helping to construct the float (called a Char here).

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    • Becca Givens says:

      The float construction is phenomenal … thanks for educating me about “char” … Mardi Gras in our area – is family oriented … joyful and positive. I do not appreciate how the media often portrays Mardi Gras to the world … Thank you for your visit. ~becca

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  11. Mike Patrick says:

    Beautifully written. Your joy shines through. My grandchildren love Mardi Gras, can’t wait for the parade every year. It is a big deal here in St. Louis, second only to the event in New Orleans. For me, Lent is the interval preceding St. Patrick’s Day. Now there’s a celebration!

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  12. Margaret says:

    If you are there for the festivities, I would love to see the photos on your blog. Such color is a joy!

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    • Becca Givens says:

      Margaret – alas, this year I am not “home” for the festivities – except in my mind’s eye! Photos would be wonderful … maybe next year … gives more creative ideas for the blog … thanks!

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  13. Pat Cegan says:

    Though I do not share your sentiment about Carnival, I do enjoy what you wrote about it. Nice to hear an inside view on it. hugs, pat

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    • Becca Givens says:

      I only look at Mardi Gras from the joyful magical/fantasy side with the lifting energy … the freedom of spirit – not the way the media often portrays or the lewdness often carried over by those without a clue! hugs ~becca

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