Remember Four Years Ago As I Led the Merchant’s Mardi Gras Parade
Facebook placed a smile on my face this morning as I woke up to a picture of myself and some of my peers. It was January 6, 2016. This was the annual Twelfth Night even, the night where all of the Krewes and those involved in the Mardi Gras festivities are introduced.
This was also the night when I had the time of my life. I was formally introduced as the Grand Marshall for the Merchant's Mardi Gras parade. Sure, I talk on the radio every day and have fun doing it. Sure, I get to meet some of the coolest people in the world. But this night was different. I was actually crossing over into a lane where I had never been before, and this night was different.
I had my wife by my side and a former coworker of mine, Erin Davidson, was also there along with her husband Chad that night. I was also surprised by Mike Soileau and Emily J from Gator 99.5 who was there as well. When my name was called, I walked around the Civic Center and was applauded by people I'd never met before, but there was a proudness that was displayed because of my position that night.
The nervousness left and I strolled a little like Ric Flair and prepared to end my stroll and go to the back. I have to admit that night was special and the parade was the creme de la creme as I was able to lead various businesses through the city that night. While it is truly sad we won't be having Mardi Gras parades this year, I understand why and support the decision as we need to really place a stop on this pandemic going on now.
But running across this picture took me back if one for one night of fun and celebration in the name of Mardi Gras.