Tuesday, February 28, 2006


"The soul is indestructible and its activity will continue through eternity. It is like the sun, which, to our eyes, seems to set at night; but it has in reality only gone to diffuse its light elsewhere."

-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Monday, February 27, 2006

Pensacola Beach Mardi Gras Parade

I did!

Hey, what's up?

First the uniforms on motorcycles!

Then the uniforms in black and white!

Then the uniforms in green!

Don'cha just love a guy in a skirt on a breezy day?

Just Jo Jo's Jester ride.

"Throw beads? We wanted to throw a party!"

This Krewe is SO in De' Nile!

"I like my beads! You can't have them."

King Tut!

The Captain and Tenille!

"Beads, moon pies...can't anyone just throw me a bone?"

Look at the size of those beads!

Here comes some good stuff.

These guys are just animals!

The Krewe of Cardinals???

Are we having fun yet?

Want some bee'ds, little girl?

They rocked the Dock!

Beads ahoy!

The Krewe of Junka-who???

Who's Sammy?

Pensacola Beach Mardi Gras Parade - The People

After a year's absence from the Mardi Gras scene due to Hurricane Ivan, Pensacola Beach was ready to rock and roll! If you see anyone you recognize, let's just keep it our little secret.

Beaded bedlam!

Green Eggs and Slammed!

The Daisy Dukes!

La Fashionista!

Queen Bee Hunter!

Just another sheep in wolves' clothing.

Walk like an Egyptian.

Oh, no she di-ent!!!!

Alley Oop, Oop, Oop, Oop-oop!

A staff inspection.


Crocs and Bee.

"I never expected a caveman to exhibit much finesse,
but a fifty pound club ain't exactly a caress..."

"Wearin' clothes from a wildcat's hide..."

Cave man cuisine.

Sunday, February 26, 2006

The Grand Parade in Pensacola

The Grand Parade was held Saturday afternoon in downtown Pensacola. Everyone tried to stay dry, but finally gave up. What's a little drenching among friends.

Hey, it's a dry pirate!

Wet floats!

Wet police officers (throwing beads!)!

Wet bagpipers!

Wet babies!

And wet dogs.
(Poor Annie, you can see from her expression, even Labradors get tired of being wet eventually)

The Krewe of Ya-Ya's: Live well, laugh often and love much!

Da Queen Bee!

"You always grab the good boa! I'm taking my Pepsi ball and going home!"

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Krewe of Lafitte parade in Pensacola!

My very first Mardi Gras parade! Thanks so much to the Krewe of Lafitte for hosting this fantastic Mardi Gras event. It was definitely fun for the whole family.

I caught a ton of beads (in between shots, of course), some mini Moon Pies, and all I had to flash was a smile. Of course I also screamed out a lung and can't talk this morning, but I'm sure I'll recouperate in time for the next parade.

Wow! I wasn't expecting something this big!

A 1,000 kilowatt smile! And you saw them everywhere!

The Krewe of Lafitte had at least 12 or 13 awesome floats in the parade!

"Coconuts sitting in my hand, remindin' me of my island man,
And my island man sitting in his hut, dreamin' about my coconuts."
-- Joan Baez

"I love you, man" (Can you believe the size of that dude's beads!)

Great sketches were available by Brandon in front of Palafox Place.

And inside Palafox Place they featured some of Brandon's Mardi Gras-themed oils.

Hmmm...the royal court? "Come along, dear, she is not the royal photographer."

And royal jesters! I love the jesters!

"Wooo hoooooo! Over here!"

Ahhhhhhhhhh....tiny screamer, with her first beads.

Look! It's Puff, the Magic Dragon! What a fabulous, fun float.

"Moon Pie! Me want mini Moon Pie!" (And her little jacket said, "My First Mardi Gras")

The floats were wonderful! And I loved the pirates!

Gee, I need to brush up on my Krewes.

Ruh roh, I think this drone has figured out what the Queen Bee has in store for him.

Baby's first Mardi Gras!