Posts by: Benjamin Morris

Throw Me Something, Mister: Mardi Gras Dispatch #4

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Recurring dispatches from Benjamin Morris covering New Orleans Mardi Gras, 2011:

If there’s one lesson we know well here in New Orleans, it’s that none of us are immune to the elements.

It’s only a matter of time before a shadow passes over and reminds us of the water, water, everywhere: above us in the clouds, below us in the soil, around us in the Gulf and in the lakes, through us in the River, and within us in our bodies, water-born and water-fueled creatures that we are.

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Throw Me Something, Mister: Mardi Gras Dispatch #2

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Recurring dispatches from Benjamin Morris covering New Orleans Mardi Gras, 2011:

“Y’all ready?” I ask the cops, clustered near the corner of Napoleon and St Charles. “Been ready,” one shoots right back at me. “Just ready to get it done.”

The parades this evening, led by the Krewes of Sparta and Pygmalion, are back to back; the Pontchartrain parade has already rolled earlier in the day but most people have just decided to stick around, eating and drinking and playing football and beer pong, lounging about in deck chairs, playing fetch with their dogs, listening to WWOZ on portable radios, bantering with those nearby.

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