Carnival Season


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

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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.  My sister has been a “page”,   “Maid”  and “Queen”.  My brothers have been “pages” to the “King” ; and one has been “Duke” on Royal Courts.  It is all in the family.  Mardi Gras 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

Happy Mardi Gras!

Mardi Gras - 1973

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© rgb for “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”, 2011 – 2013

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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11 Responses to Carnival Season

  1. Geraldine says:

    Oh how special. You look gorgeous Becca! 🙂

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  2. Renee Espriu says:

    What a wonderful photo of you two. He looks to have been a charmer. Nicely written, Becca. I’ve never been to a Mardi Gras so how wonderful it must be to have been involved over the years.

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  3. Libby says:

    Colourful and festive words and images. Enjoy your Mardi Gras!

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  4. Hootin' Anni says:

    Let’s just hope that the 4 injured in the shooting in N O last weekend is all that happens, and the fun begins without any more gun crimes. Happy Mardi Gras [I never did get the ‘prize’ in the cake, have you?] Oh, and the Mardi Gras rock in the post below…that is so clever.

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  5. elleceef says:

    A wonderful post,,a great tribute to Mardi Gras,,,

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  6. siggiofmaine says:

    This is an awesome post. I went to Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday in 1967…it fell on or near my birthday. It is one of my fondest lifetime memories…along with other visits to New Orleans.
    Thanks for sharing your history in living with Mardi Gras in your blood…enjoyed the post immensely.
    Peace and love,
    Siggi

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