Trip Start Feb 09, 2010
18Trip End Mar 17, 2010
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Happy Mardi Gras! We woke up, got ready, had the hotel's complimentary breakfast then planned to go to Soulard. Justin called a taxi to pick us up and as we're heading towards our ride, we see another young couple outside. Justin asks them if they are heading to Soulard as well, and they are. Well why not share a taxi? The couple, Kim and Logan, are here on a weekend trip from school in Muncie, IL (I immediately think of "The Hudsucker Proxy": "You're a MUNCIE girl?")
We arrive in Soulard and there are so many people! We make our way through the crowd to watch the parade. Beads are flung from the floats passing by, and it suddenly seems important to grab as many as you can. It doesn't take long for the layer of beads around your neck to thicken up
We wander around, making our way from stand to stand, buying over-priced beers. Things wind down around 6:30pm so we call for a taxi to pick us up. We say bye to Kim and Logan and say we'll contact each other if we want to go out somewhere later. Justin and I are pretty worn out, though, and don't feel up to going out again. It feels like it's at least midnight but it's only 7pm. I guess when you party early, it's likely to end early, too.
(written by Justin)
We had a fortunate coincidence - right as we were getting into our taxi to head to Soulard, I overheard a young couple speaking with the front desk clerk asking how they could get to Soulard - so we offered to share our taxi and we ended up spending the whole day with them. It was nice to have some additional support keeping everyone together and we had a great time. I would definitely go again - next time I would dress warmer, spend less money, and try to hang around until dark to see the rest of the party.
I see Jessica wrote about the Fart Bomb. Although it was unfortunate that I was the victim, I still think it is one of the funniest pranks I have ever seen. As beads are flying all around us and everyone is jumping and springing to grab them - a small package flies towards us. Thinking it is a trinket made to hang on beads like so many others we had seen, I rushed toward as several other people around us did - I was first and picked it up and bam - white sulfurous crap sprays on my jacket and one of the other guys that was trying to grab it
The main reason we left so early is that there was NOWHERE around that you could get out of the cold weather. Our feet, hands, and legs were pretty numb - we walked a few miles looking for an open building to go into but were forced to call our taxi home. Still a great time and there are a few other stories left to tell that I won't write about here.