NOLA on my mind…Strolling through the Big Easy


New Orleans has been on my mind for a few weeks now (ever since our short trip back in December) especially because it has been on the news a lot with the Super Bowl and most recently the festivities leading up to “Mardi Gras” or “Fat Tuesday“, which is the last day of the Carnival season and it always falls the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. Today is Fat Tuesday, tomorrow is the beginning of the Lenten season for many Christians around the world.

Mardi Gras or Carnival as it is known in places such as Brazil, Trinidad, and many other countries, including Panama is a celebration which harbors many fond memories from my days growing up in Panama, where it is a major event. The floats, costumes, and partying that goes along with Carnival are dizzying, but so much fun!ImageImageStrangely enough, I have not participated in a true Carnival celebration since I moved here over 30 years ago, and for some reason I seem to prefer it that way, keep the memories going based on some long ago perceptions, go figure. However, the spectacle of New Orleans Bourbon Street (off-season) was more than enough to remind me of the fun that could be had during the festive season of Carnival. One thing for sure I discovered that New Orleans is a very unique place; you have to go more than once to truly appreciate its charms, especially if you like the historical perspectives or love cultural experiences.



I left the city of NOLA feeling that I must go back soon so I can explore those areas I missed, talk about a bucket list!

Happy Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, Martes de Carnaval–or whatever you call it wherever you are be it New Orleans, Panama, Brazil or Trinidad. Let the Good Times Roll!

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  1. I’ve been twice, but it was pre-Katrina. What a lovely city. I even used it for a setting in one of my short stories. I now have a niece and nephew who live there. Suffice to say, they spend too much time in bars having a good time, but they’re young.

  2. I’ve never been to NOLA, but I do hear that it is an awesome place during and even after Mardi Gras. I really liked your first photo, definitely looks like a place I’d check out (just because of the sign). 🙂

    1. That was my first time but will definitely go back; there is a lot to explore in NOLA and I love its culture and history. The sign made me laugh as soon as I spotted it, great sense of humor.

  3. I have just been to the Carnevale in Viareggio and I am trying to sort through the hundreds of photos I took. It is a fun event and the fourth time I have been. It would-be great to go to the one in New Orleans.

    1. My husband’s dream is Carnival in Brazil, I tell him to keep on dreaming, LOL
      I was not aware of Carnival being celebrated in Italy, it is truly an experience to be enjoyed at least once in a lifetime!

  4. Querida Marcia…ya es hora que regreses en Carnaval a tu patria chica…, hay para escoger desde la Ctiy hasta cada provincia…. y se regresas a New Orleans en Mardi Grass, no dejes de avisarme para unirme a ti….

    1. Ya lo se, ya van mas de 30 a~os que pase el ultimo Carnaval en Panama. A New Orleans nunca he llegado durante ese tiempo de Carnaval, pero tal vez lo trate el proximo a~o.

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