Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Krewe de Vieux

One of the first parades of the Carnival season, Krewe de Vieux, rolled this weekend. This is one my favorite parades and a definite must see. The only parade to roll through the streets of the French Quarter, Krewe de Vieux is one of the wildest and features lots of political satire and adult themes. There are small floats and lots of costumed marchers who throw beads, paint you with glitter and dance in the streets. It also features some of the best brass bands in the city. My family was in town for the weekend and had the chance to see the parade. We initially were at the beginning of the parade route and watched the entire parade. After catching tons of beads and throws my family insisted we walk near the end of the parade route and see the whole thing again! They had a blast! Here are a few pics I was able to capture in between dancing, catching beads, and throwing back drinks!

These are the mild pictures; I just can't bring myself to post the pictures of floats with genitalia and such.

Being that Krewe De Vieux is one of the earliest parades, it's also often a cold and sometimes rainy parade. This year since Mardi Gras is so early and that weird arctic freeze thing is passing through the South, Saturday was miserably cold and wet. I decided to knit up a scarf to keep me cozy and warm while parade watching and playing tour guide for my family.

Pattern: Uptown Scarf from Weekend Knitting
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Bulky
Needles: size 35!
Started/Finished: January 2008

Given that this pattern calls for bulky yarn and huge size 35 needles, I was able to complete this project in less than an hour. It's a great quick project and a wonderfully warm and soft yarn. The scarf is also super long and able to be wrapped around my neck several times making it extra cozy. The perfect weekend project!

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