We’ve had enough of boat projects for a day or two… let’s take the day off and head ashore to see if we can find the parade! Breakfast came to us by way of the Bagette Boat… The Almond croissants are seriously delicious… but good luck trying to convince this cute couple that I can NOT eat them every day! I think they lapse into understanding only French when it suits them… Well…maybe just one more…
|Gated cemetery right on the waterfront in Marigot|
|I'm afraid to go in and find out what happiness is being served by oneself within...|
|I always appreciate the pop up art...|
|Vendors pedal their wares to the tourists|
|Eventually they stopped looking menacing and turned to watch the parade!|
First came some sort of evil creature… I’m sure it was symbolic of something. Must brush up on my Mardi Gras lore…
A few times people would encroach on our view, but for the most part we had front row seats just behind the policemen. Several times the crowd had to be pushed back to allow space for the semi-trucks pulling the bands with all of their equipment and VERY LOUD speakers to pass. Two of them had to make multiple attempts to make the sharp turn without taking out a lamp post or the eaves of the building behind us. It was all very exciting to watch and I felt for those poor drivers. I was also very glad that I didn’t have that job! Driving a boat in wide open waters is very much more my speed!
|Handing out BEER!|
Walking back through the empty streets, we caught a small group of paraders waiting outside the public restroom… Wonder how they got those costumes off… and back on again so that they could rejoin the parade just down the alley…
What a great day it was. On our way back we passed our friends on Adventure Us 2, who had attended the parade with Smart Move. We missed them because of our unscheduled return to the boat, but in the end, it was fun doing our own thing, just the two of us. Trying to keep up with four other people in this crowd wouldn’t have been easy. As it was, we could hold hands and wind our way through… just like being on a date!