We are very lucky to live in a town where so much goes on. Even though it’s a relatively small town (50,000) they offer so much. I just always assumed every town did this but I have so many Instagram friends who say their town doesn’t do things.
We go to everything. Old town tours, 3rd Fridays, Old State Bank tours, Civil War tours, balloon festivals, Civil War reenactments, festivals and art shows and library special events and free events at our free art museum and so much more.
This past weekend was a Mardi Gras parade. Mardi Gras actually started in Mobile, Alabama not New Orleans like most people think.
This is a huge fundraiser for our Art Museum. It starts at 10:00 and has a Canine Mardi Gras Parade, then a Children’s Parade at 2:00 and then the actual parade at night. There are events and a scavenger hunt of sorts where you had to get stamps from 28 small shops located in our downtown area. We had such fun going into shops we had never visited and meeting the shop owners. We tasted Cajun cooking at the cook-off and wandered around the children’s activites area. We spent the entire day there, then ran home and changed to get back for the night parade.
All the dogs all the time.
The dogs in the parade
Aren’t they adorable? Keilee wants to take Nomad so much but he is so badly behaved on a lease. We said what we always say, “Next year we are taking him for sure”!
We almost didn’t go to the night parade because it was so cold and my goofy child refuses to wear a coat (“It messes up my outfit”) But I am so glad we did. They outdid themselves this year and the floats were spectacular. My iPhone failed to really capture the beautiful, vibrant colors.
We stood on the front row and got beamed by beads a couple of times. Those people throw HARD!! But Keilee ended up with over 50 necklaces!! And so many people actually came over and put them on her neck. She also got some Moon Pies which she had never tried before. (I know, I know, they are a Southern tradition but I hate them and she has never expressed an interest in trying them) Her verdict : “I would never specifically ask for them but they are good”.
All in all it was a wonderful day.
Does your town have any cool traditions or festivals?
“We don’t hide the crazy, we parade”. ~Unknown
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