Aunt Connie lives a block away from the parade route which provides a very convenient location to gather, eat some wonderful Cajun food - gumbo, jambalaya and King Cake before heading down to take in the parade. We did not have to rush to hold our spot as our family parks a truck on the route to save the spot for the family.
The boys ate their lunch and then dawned their new Mardi Gras shirts which were a gift from Aunt Connie and Aunt Sue and made by our cousin Shelly. The shirts had the jester with their names embroidered onto the shirts... very cute (THANK YOU AUNT CONNIE AND AUNT SUE!). It was a little cool that day so we wore them over our overalls. We headed down to the parade route in our newly converted triple decker stroller... no more infant carriers.
Yep, that's right Ramen Noodles!
The boys' were lucky enough to acquire much more interesting items. They were able to get both Mardi Gras colored footballs and frisbees. We handed them their footballs and they continued to drop them. Daddy came up with the great idea to place them under the straps of their seats and... whala... they were secure. In addition to these fun new toys, the boys (particularly Wes) enjoyed the sounds of the parade. When a band or float would go by, Wes would start to bounce his head to the beat. If this happened only once, I would call it a fluke but it was almost every time he heard music from the parade. For most of the parade, I was standing at the top of the stroller so most of the pics and video are from this vantage point. If it was a float that was playing the music, I didn't start taking video until the float had fully passed. As such, you can't really hear music in the video but you can still see Wes bouncin'. I was able to catch the music of one band passing. Andrew started to get into the action as well. Here is a little bit of Wes boppin to the beat. Enjoy...
The people, the sites and the sounds of the Mardi Gras parade were able to keep the boys' attention for quite a while. Near the end of the parade (and about an hour past nap time), we decided to head back to the house so the boys could get some rest, especially since they did not have a full night of sleep. We had a great time at the parade and may (key word may - Aunt Connie and Aunt Sue) try to make it again! If we come next year, please reserve us three spots in the bed of the truck because I have no clue how I would contain or protect three almost 22 month olds (almost 2 year olds)! However, we have never been ones to back down from a challenge or adventure so stay tuned.