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 […]