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!

-lila

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.

0 comments:

Post a Comment

the Constant Tourist All rights reserved © Blog Milk Design Powered by Blogger