This post is munchkin heavy- for all the Kennedy fans out there (hi, Dad!) It was Kennedy’s first Mardi Gras (at least the first in which she participated) and here it is, in pictures.
This Mardi Gras season was filled with rain. By the time the third parade we planned to go to got cancelled, I feared we wouldn’t make it to a single parade this year.
That day, we got King Cake instead.
Kennedy thoroughly enjoyed her firs King Cake experience. And BTW- Daddy got the baby.
We finally made it to a parade in Lafayette the day before Mardi Gras. The parades in this particular city end at a fair. We went to the fair first.
I don’t think Kennedy’s ever been to a fair at night before. The lights and the sounds were a little unnerving for her. But like a trooper, she braved the crowds via Radio Flyer Wagon and made it to the merry-go-round.
And here’s a big first(, probably more for me than her), she, along with her BFF,Chloe, went on a ride without Mommy and Daddy. Apparently it was no big deal to them- they liked it so much they asked to go on again.
Kennedy (accompanied by me) also ventured down that monstrosity. The kid has no fear!
We were having so much fun on the rides that we actually missed the first parade. We settled for the second parade. I wish I had a series of well formatted artsy photo’s that perfectly captured the spirit of Mardi Gras, but sorry, not this year. Parades are accompanied by crowds, flying objects and drunk people. I was not about to take my eyes off my child for a second. Instead I have a few photos of a happy but exhausted toddler.
Lights and beads are right up her alley, but the parade started around 8. She usually goes to bed at 7:30. Plus she’d spent most of the day on a playdate. By the end of the night, the poor baby looked like this looked like this:
It was some weird state of euphoria and exhaustion. Thankfully, there were no tears, but once we got in the car she was asleep before we got out of the parking lot.
Mardi Gras day was beautiful too, so we headed out to a second parade. This time, Daddy joined us.
This parade was in New Roads, about an hour outside of Baton Rouge.
I like the parade goers as much as the floats. They can be just as amusing.
Between the two parades. Kennedy racked up on beads and toys.That’s the best part. She loves the beads. At home she puts on dozens at a time and proudly struts around the house.
Or sometimes just one.