Surprise: Bipolar!

Mardi Gras and all that supports it is fascinating. It’s a big subject in my memoir and here it is again – 2020 Mardi Gras! However, one of my motivations in writing is to share my episodes with bipolar and the tension I experienced with mental illness and carnival customs. My first chapter opens with […]

Virtual Tour – Singing Out Loud: A Memoir of an Ex Mardi Gras Queen

Virtual Tour Itinerary for Singing Out Loud: A Memoir of an Ex Mardi Gras Queen January 31 – Stop by FYI50+ for a book review by Barbara Glass. FYI50+ Facebook page mention.“The goal is to inspire new thoughts, inform with new discoveries, and entertain the 50+ audience with original ideas.” ~ FYI50+ February 24 – […]

Enter to win a signed copy of Singing Out Loud

Singing Out Loud: A Memoir of an Ex-Marci Gras Queen, Goodreads giveaway for a signed copy of Marilee Eaves’ new book. Enter below. Goodreads Book Giveaway Singing Out Loud by Marilee Eaves Giveaway ends January 26, 2020. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter Giveaway Giveaway has ended. About the bookBorn during World War II, […]

Freedom v Shame

My last blog entry about women’s krewes and the Women’s Movement 1960s and 1970s left out my amazement and admiration for the marching dancers. Their stamina! Their fitness and musicality!  Girls and young women ages 10 and up run the gamut from wearing Peter Pan collar shirts with plaid skirts to marchers with tight, short […]

Back Home, Watching Mardi Gras Parades through a New Window

It’s been decades since I was a carnival queen, attending balls and watching the parades with my family down on the street. I’ve written a Southern memoir about leaving home, but still I’m not sure I’m really prepared for being back. It’s the beginning of the carnival parade season two weeks before Mardi Gras, and […]

Down on the Street among the Mardi Gras Revelers

After a couple of days watching Mardi Gras royalty and street revelers parade past my condo overlooking St. Charles Avenue, I’m ready to step into the bead-strewn streets myself. It feels like a daring move, even though I once was a Mardi Gras queen competing for beads by day, thrilled to be in the thick […]

Women’s Movement of the 1960s and 1970s

After the Women’s Movement of the 1960s and 1970s, women’s Mardi Gras parades and dancing troupes proliferated. The oldest all-women’s krewe, the Krewe of Iris, was founded in 1917. In 1941 the Krewe of Venus became the first all-female krewe to parade. After the 1960s, many more women’s krewes formed—including Helios, Diana, Isis, Pandora, Cleopatra, Eve. I’m […]