I had to really psych myself up to go down to Mardi Gras in Soulard today.
Did you know that St. Louis has the second biggest Mardi Gras celebration to New Orleans?
After my terrible experience two years ago, I really didn’t want to deal with it again. It’s one of those days (at least for me) where all of the logistics make it more painful that it’s worth. Streets are closed, no parking, every bar has a huge cover, it’s cold…and then you wind up in a packed mess of drunken people.
I’m no fun.
Anyway, I decided I need to stop being so lame and at least go down for a little while today. My friends were all over the place – some at bars as early as 9am, others going somewhere completely different, others not answering the phone – so I decided to go to my older brother’s house. He lives within walking distance of the action, so I could park there.
We walked a few blocks down to one of his friend’s houses around 11am where I had my beer for the day, the new Budweiser Black Crown. I didn’t want to drink much, but had been wanting to try this one and when I walked in it was sitting alone on the kitchen table like it was made for me. (It was okay, nothing special.)
Around noon we walked a few blocks further down to the parade in search of my neighbor, Caitlin, who had a tailgating tent. After around an hour of walking we figured out that due to blocked off areas, we wouldn’t even be able to get to their tent. I started to give up.
My other friends were at a bar with a big cover even farther away, but I couldn’t even start to walk there because I couldn’t get through the parade. My phone was dying, I was cold, and I had to pee.
So I walked back to my car and came home to the couch, a big lunch, and some work for the class I’m taking.
It was super fun to hang out with my brother for the morning, and I’m glad I got a little of the action, but I just can’t hang with the cool kids anymore.
- Have you ever done Mardi Gras?