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Sunday, February 20, 2022

Once upon a Mardi Gras

cj Sez:  The photo taken at a parade pretty much describes the craziness of Mardi Gras in Mobile…fun and chaos in the streets.

  I admit I’ve never been to a Mardi Gras parade—too peoply for me—but here’s my favorite Mardi Gras story from a few years ago.

  Once upon a Saturday morning, I booked the authors’ writing room at The Haunted Bookshop and was thrilled when I found a parking space just around the corner from the bookstore. 

  I spent almost two hours working on story outlines,  proud of myself for being quasi successful at outlining—I call myself a pathfinder when I write.

  Just before noon I thought, “Okay. Time to leave.” Instead I meandered around the shop. I left the Bookshop at 12:30, and, blink, when I turned the street corner, my minivan was gone. I’m thinking who in the world is desperate enough to steal a 10-year old minivan?

  A bit of investigation revealed that a Mardi Gras parade was scheduled to roll down that street at 2 p.m., and the parking spaces had to be cleared two hours before it began. I was thirty minutes late.

  I explained to a friendly, motorcycle police officer (looking handsome in his uniform, astride that Harley) that I had accidentally overstayed my welcome at the parking space and wondered if he knew where my van went. He said it had been towed to a temporary impound lot, but he couldn’t pinpoint exactly where on the map/documents he was carrying. Another motorcycle cop rumbled up (I do love the throaty sound of a Harley engine) and pointed. My vehicle was, he said, “That way. Just go straight. You can’t miss it.” I tightened my grip on my briefcase and spent the next twenty or so minutes weaving through increasing crowds and around barriers as I walked half a mile “That way.”

  I paid $125 to be reunited with my vehicle. (A bargain since this year I’ve read the recovery fee has inflated to $150.) I guess I should have taken the time to read the temporary, fluttering, yellow paper sign with small lettering that listed parade parking hours. 

  By the by, Mardi Gras, also known as Shrove Tuesday, is March 1 in 2022. However, the floats start parading in Mobile in January. Each float carries a costumed krewe* throwing parade goodies to the crowds. Each krewe has a unique history, name, and an annual theme for their floats.

(*What does krewe mean in Mardi Gras?

A krewe is a group or organization of revelers who band together to host an annual Mardi Gras ball, ride on a Mardi Gras parade float, and participate in social events throughout the year. There are more than 40 krewes in Mobile.)


Etcetera ...

COVER latest cozy mystery short, "Firebug," is included in this charity anthology. Tentatively scheduled for release in April.

 It's Harbor Humane's first book - "THE BIG FANG" Anthology! A 22 story piece, from 22 different authors, this anthology is full of mystery, murder, love, humor and more; and always involves an animal of some shape or form!  It will be available for purchase on Amazon and in person at the shelter and our Harbor Humane Resale Store

Reading Suggestions:

This Mobile Writers Guild anthology, ebook priced at $1.99, is chock full of short stories that are entertaining to read all year long: 


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