“America has only three cities: New York, San Francisco, and New Orleans.
Everywhere else is Cleveland.”
― Tennessee Williams
It's Mardi Gras time down here in New Orleans - and the ReStrung Krewe is busy filling orders by day - and making costumes by night! If you didn't know it, our team is made up of some of the most creative women around. Several of us recently got together for the Krewe Du Vieux parade, which officially ushers in the Mardi Gras season. We showed up in some amazing hand made creations and had a ball! The costuming aspect of this season is always an inspiration, and the creativity that can be seen at the local walking parades in the Marigny/Bywater are phenomenal. If you've never experienced Mardi Gras in New Orleans, I highly recommend it. There is so much color, creativity and frivolity to been had this time of year, and wonderful live music on nearly every corner. But don't take my word for it - come on down and see for yourself!
PS - below is an old blog post I wrote from Mardi Gras 2015. I've included a snippet of it here, because it's as relevant now as it was then:
"Some time ago, a friend asked me if I was always into costuming. And I said of course, I'm from
NOLA! And then they mentioned that Mardi Gras seemed "artificial". If their perception was of revelers drinking on Bourbon St, I guess I can forgive their ignorance. But for me, there is so more to Mardi Gras than drinking and catching plastic beads. There is a spirit of raw energy to it, a sense of shedding your inhibitions and becoming your primal self. When I spend time designing and making costumes, I don't feel like I'm masquerading. I feel like I'm honoring a part of myself that people don't get to see all year. For me, participating in Mardi Gras is anything but artificial. It's completely authentic. It's a time to "let it all hang out," to play like children, to dance in the streets, to challenge my creativity. It's really a wonderful time for making memories with family and friends - and it reminds me that I should be grateful to live in a place that really celebrates life. Laissez le Bon temps roulez y'all!"
Naomi and Amiel attend an "initiation ceremony" to welcome Mardi Gras newbies to the fold.
Some of the fabulous ReStrung ladies at Krewe Du Vieux
Our Market Manager Jac, sporting a fab headpiece made by @c_to_the_line