New Orleans has been amazing in every way, but perhaps the most fun we’ve had was marching with the St. Anthony Ramblers on Mardi Gras. I posted some photos to show what the costumes were like, but a huge part of the experience was the music of the Panorama Jazz Band. (http://panoramajazzband.com/bio/) I’d never been in New Orleans before, but an image that always intrigued me was that of a jazz band marching down the street with a krewe of revelers (or mourners) behind it. So being in that krewe behind a great band was a fantastic experience for both of us. I apologize for the lousy quality of the videography (I’m not a videographer, my camera is notably terrible for video, and the drinking started very early in the day), but the beauty of the music comes through.
Here they are while the Ramblers take a break at the first bar stop:
The Ramblers regrouped and marched on, with Greta, Glen, Michelle and Stephen near the van.
The Ramblers march by:
At the second bar stop:
And a final song from the Panorama Jazz Band in the French Quarter before we headed off to the party.
We had a great time, with a lot of interesting and fun people. And the next day, as we walked down Royal St., we realized that we’d never be able to recognize any of them again.