Originally uploaded by ryan.damage.
It was really hot on August 7, but some intrepid cyclists celebrated in fine style. "Ryan Damage" took the photos.
I haven't been blogging much at all lately, spending most of my online time on Flickr.com uploading photos of my own every day. This is a photo that someone else took; I found it on Flickr by searching for "green" and "Irish" to find something suitable to the season.
In St. Louis, Missouri, the "big" Mardi Gras parade will take place very soon. Right now it's snowing. I haven't decided yet whether to brave the weather, and the crowds, and the lack of places to park, in order to see any of the parade.
Mardi Gras in the Soulard neighborhood of St. Louis used to be a small intimate affair. As the yearly celebration grew, the things that I really enjoyed, like being able to freely walk along taking photos of whatever caught my fancy, became impossible with the huge number of people coming into the narrow streets of Soulard. Now you must choose a spot to stand and stick with it. Photos are harder to get because of all the people jumping in front of you and reaching up to catch beads. The Soulard bars make more money now. But it's harder to find a place that features the traditional Mardi Gras music that I prefer to the vanilla pop and rock sounds that most of the taverns or parade floats blast into the street.
This morning I'm watching the snow fall as I browse around Flickr.com looking at photos from Rio de Janeiro, Barkus pet parades, and other colorful stuff. Here's some of the stuff I found so far:
Rio de Janeiro, Brasil: Carnaval by bossa67
Carnaval 2006 by Tonspi
Carnaval 2006 (Rio) by OLD SKOOL Cora
Carnaval, Rio by OLD SKOOL Cora
More Carnaval (Rio) by OLD SKOOL Cora
Barkus (New Orleans) by PhotoSchnapps
Mardi Gras 2006 (New Orleans) by toff murray
Barkus 2007 (New Orleans) by golly4wally
Mardi Gras (New Orleans) by The Voice of Eye
Barkus 2006 (New Orleans) by Okaggi (a photographer from Washington state)
Krewe of Barkus 2006 (New Orleans) by rosie rose
New Orleans by Scharlachrot (J.N. Darby)
Mardi Gras '07: Barkus (New Orleans) by bluseth
Barkus (New Orleans) by mistiesanzen
Mom's visit (New Orleans) The first weekend of Mardi Gras 2007: Oshun, Pygmalion, riding with the Vespa krewe in Shangri-La, Carrolton, and Barkus, by photosharp
Barkus (New Orleans) by Nola Tom
Krewe of Barkus '07 (New Orleans) by snujiins
Barkus 2007 (New Orleans) by boxchain
Krewe of Barkus 2006 (New Orleans) by boxchain
Barkus 2007 (New Orleans) by annamarie504
Riding with Krewe of King Arthur, Feb. 11, 2007 (New Orleans) by Maitri
Mardi Gras 2006 Parades & Antics (New Orleans) by Maitri
barkus (New Orleans) photos by Mamish
Barkus 2007 (New Orleans) by pinkmartini15
Krewe Of Mutts (Baton Rouge) by mfreyder
Krewe of Mutts (Baton Rouge) by CGH3
Barkus 2006 (Soulard) by bfelice
Mardi Gras 2007 (Soulard) by Herkie
Barkus Pet Parade (Soulard) by nutmeg021
canines (St. Louis) by danzeye
The snow is letting up a little bit. Maybe I'll make it to Soulard yet!