Well, I didn't plan on doing a big KREWE YORK push this year, as so many of you made such a special effort to get there post-Katrina. Sadly, recent events in NOLA - the stunning crime rate and the lack of progress in the rebuilding - have left many in the city even more dejected than last year, and I would like to see as many Motherboarders possible there.
Johnny and I made our plans to go six months ago, as we have most years since the St. Anne parade brass band woke me up on Mardi Gras morning 2002. Marching with St. Anne on Fat Tuesday is an experience that I wish on you at least once in a lifetime.
So now, just a month out, I ask any of you who might have some frequent flier miles or a few loose coins jingling in your pocket to think of making it down this year.
I'll be posting parade info for Society of St. Anne and other highlights here. Please check in here or via email if you are planning on coming, and I am happy to answer any questions you might have.
A caveat: New Orleans is as dangerous now as Ave. C was 20 years ago. For those of you who dont remember those days, that means watching your back, and taking a cab anytime at night that involves leaving the quarter/parade route.
That said, I promise you a completely out-of-body experience on Fat Tuesday. Check out Last Year's topic if you want to know more.