We go tail-gating and dance at the festival
Trip Start Apr 18, 2007
173Trip End Oct 16, 2007
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We all took a ride out to town and a walk around the shops followed by a trip to the local college football pre-match tail-gate party. This originated as people eating and drinking outside the stadium from the tailgates of their pickups. Nowadays they seem to have huge gazebos, massive BBQs and no-one spends anytime anywhere near the pickups. We watched the brass band and "dance line" (a higher class of cheer-leader) in a procession and then headed out to this fish restaurant in the middle of nowhere- where we ordered too much and indirectly provided Michelle with a few nights meals back at college via the American habit of ordering a "box" for the left-overs.
After the meal we went back into Natchitoches to watch the music festivities which were on an area down by the river next to the main French-style street (much like New Orleans French Quarter) and eventually paid $5 each to watch the band and have a small dance. The girls had a margarita each while Huck (who doesn't drink) and MJ (who is on the wagon for the duration of the visit) watched on. The music was excellent in a mostly black and Creole crowd from all around and MJ made some pretty niffy steps as we danced to the music.
We didn't stay long as MJ's dancing was proving too much for everyone and as we drew up back at the house Huck spotted some skunks wandering around >>> which he then proceeded to go hunting for on his golf cart (we told him he couldn't go killing Pepe le Pew and seems for whatever reason he didn't get any of them - phew!). Back home we said goodbye to Michelle and Randy who were going back to Alexandria and then all turned in quite late.