Mardi Gras Throwback

Happy Mardi Gras, friends! With this post, I'm finally setting something right that's been bugging me for a while. I love taking photos of Carnival Season festivities, but (as you've probably noticed), it takes me awhile to get around to culling/editing/organizing my photos, so by the time I share them, they are a bit "out of season," if you will. It's one thing to blog about Christmas time in January, but sharing images of Mardi Gras frivolity during Lent just seems so wrong that I can't bring myself to do it. Which is why there have been no Mardi Gras photos on this blog since... 2013! That's right--I have some serious catching up to do. I actually planned to share photos from Mardi Gras 2014 and 2015 this time LAST year, but I ended up with a stomach bug while taking care of six-month old Afton alone while Alex was out of town and daycare was closed. Let's just say the good times weren't exactly rolling for Mardi Gras 2016, so I'm throwing it way back for today's post! Our 2014 celebrating started on Thursday night in New Orleans, with the Muses parade.

New Orleans Muses parade, dba bar

Lucy and Tom joined us Friday for lots of daytime fun...

New Orleans Carnival season decorations

...and we had a great spot on Canal Street for the nighttime parades: Hermes, D'Etat, and Morpheus. 

Hermes, D'Etat, Morpheus Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans

Alex and I stuck around NOLA for Iris, Tucks, and Endymion!

New Orleans Mardi Gras parades (Tucks, Endymion)

Fast forward to only two years ago, ha! My parents joined us for their first New Orleans Mardi Gras experience, which began with a delicious dinner at Mr. B's

Mr. B's New Orleans restaurant

We had bleacher seats for the parades afterward, which was well worth it!

New Orleans Mardi Gras parades - Hermes, D'Etat, Morpheus

We enjoyed a leisurely brunch at Cafรฉ Soulรฉ and some casual strolling during the day...

New Orleans restaurants, hotels, Mardi Gras parades and beads

...and ended our celebration (once again) with Endymion!

Endymion parade, New Orleans

Such fun memories! We've had some Mardi Gras fun THIS year, too, and I promise it won't take me four years to blog about it. ;) If you're looking to keep the spirit of carnival season alive in your home all year 'round, there are some fabulously colorful Mardi Gras prints in my Etsy shop that will help you do just that! :) Want to make sure to stay in the loop? Sign up below for my brand new email list! :)