Spring in New Orleans

The annual Spring Fiesta parade marks the coming of Spring and brings a whole new meaning to having flowers delivered. The Treme Brass Band led the horse-drawn carriages carrying women in hoop skirts and men in suits. Rather than beads, the paraders tossed fresh roses, carnations and daisies which I gathered into a bouquet. It may have been  colder than it’s been all year, but the flowers and the bouquet of women in pastel-colored flounces brought sunshine to my day.

It’s also the start of crawfish season so we headed to the market to pick up pounds and pounds of crawfish, shrimp, corn on the cob and potatoes. Piled into a bowl, it looked like a bouquet from the sea. Spring has sprung!

Spring means flowers and seafood but it also means festival season is about to begin. In 2 days, Anders Osborne and Colin Lake will kick off this year’s Wednesday at the Square line-up benefitting the Young leadership Council. Every week of this season will bring music and food at festivals celebrating everything from the French Quarter or Washboard Chaz to oysters or Zydeco. I look forward to having a lot to blog about!

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