On any given festival day in New Orleans, there is too much for one person to go see and do. #neworleansproblems And this was the case for me on St Joseph’s Day. Well… that and I didn’t really know these things were going on.
For example, I learned that festivities for St Joseph’s Day include the Catholic churches preparing beautiful and elaborate altars and big meals open to the public.
I also learned that this is the day the Mardi Gras Indians all come out to celebrate and parade. Though I didn’t see this festival or any of these people in their AMAZING, handmade, beaded costumes in person, I was able to snag some good pics from instagram.
You want to know what I was doing instead of witnessing this incredible part of New Orleans Culture? Chopping vegetables. Do I feel sad about this? Well, yeah, kinda.
A key to surviving in New Orleans is pacing yourself. After all, Mardi Gras is a 10-day series of intense, beautiful, lively, engaging, and loud parades that go past my house. I just prefer to at least know when I’m opting out of something amazing.
I recommend that you check out more photos of the Mardi Gras Indians on instagram. They are simply gorgeous!