Hard to believe we won't be experiencing Mardin Gras parades this year.

I don't know about you, but for me, this was my last life experience prior to COVID-19. Last February, we were right in the heart of Mardi Gras season, and COVID-19 seemed more like a joke at that time, rather than a forever life-altering pandemic. Surely none of us expected anything as serious as we received just a few short weeks later.

Yet, here we are, one year later.

I certainly miss Mardi Gras this season, and my Facebook memories rubbed it in quite a bit today. It did make me smile quite a bit re-living last year's awesome ride, playing music atop the parade's title-sponsor float. This was one year ago, written shortly after my first official ride with the Mighty Krewe of Centaur.

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We saw signs everywhere that people loved us (and beads)

 

I'm glad I'm writing this instead of talking about it on the radio because I'm not sure when my voice will come back.

This weekend, I had the privilege of DJing/Hosting the Horseshoe Casino float in the Krewe of Centaur Parade. I love this krewe, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself during the ride. I stood at the top of the float for the three-hour parade, and I had the best seat in the house!

The crowd along the parade was incredible, all the way through. You could definitely see how the crowd changes throughout the route. In the beginning, on Clyde Fant, you see families from near and far lining both sides of the road.

As the parade goes into Shreve City, the crowd gets a little younger, and the party gets turned up a little bit. Then, when the parade gets to the Duck Pond, all Hell breaks loose. I was surprised by the downright rowdiness of the Duck Pond crowd. I'm not kidding, I saw three fights near the Duck Pond during the parade, which is really saying something because the Duck Pond stretch is the shortest, and the float is only in a spot for a few seconds.

I thoroughly enjoyed myself and I hope they let me ride again with the Centaur Krewe next year!

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Ah, that last part made me tear up quite a bit, but here's to 2022!

 

 

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