Push Mow Parade | Abita Springs, LA

Thursday, February 16, 2012

I grew up doing small town Mardi Gras. Chasing chickens on horse-back through the country, parading on the levee in Butte la Rose, dancing through the streets in Mamou. While I love the grandiose of Uptown New Orleans parades, they'll always be a soft spot in my heart for what goes down out in the country during Mardi Gras.

I was craving a little bit of small town Mardi Gras this year, so this past weekend we decided to head east a ways to Abita Springs for their Push Mow Parade. Where the only requirement to ride/bike/roller skate the mile-long route is a $5 entry fee. From bagpipers to a group of women dressed as bees, to babies being pulled in wagons by platform-shoe-wearing parents, and yes the bedecked lawnmowers are en masse too. It's good stuff. You'll leave with a smile, a few beads, a potato that a 4-year old handed you, and a bit-o-honey that a gigantic bee gave you. And actually that just about sums up Abita too, a grab bag of good'ness. You'll get smiles from strangers, and you'll run into the same person 34 times in a single afternoon. That's exactly what I love about small town Mardi Gras.

If you've not gotten out of the big city for Mardi Gras, you should. It's a totally different deal. In all the right ways.

Happy Mardi Gras, I'll be posting more through the week!


If you want to see more photos from Abita Spring's Push Mow Parade, click over to my facebook page and look in the 'Louisiana' photo album.


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