Saturday, February 17, 2007

It's Carnival Time!

Originally uploaded by *eSThER*.

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 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!