Mardi Gras 2009 Photos

THURSDAY FEB 19th
Friday. he activities leading up to Mardi Gras Day began today with the arrival of
Special Guest & Honoree US Army SGM (RET) JON CAVAIANAI, a recipient of the Congressional
Medal of Honor and Former POW during the Viet Nam War. He then attended an informal reception
on the NAS, Belle Chasse, LA at the invitation of the Base Commander, USN CAPT Bill Snyder.
Jon was welcomed by CAPT Snyder, his principal staff members and various other military personnel
stationed at the base (USN, USMC,US ARMY RESERVE, He was accompanied by two members of the
Chapter XXX Mardi Gras Krewe who met him at the airport and transported him to the NAS.

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FRIDAY FEB 20th
Sunday The KREWE OF ARGUS GALAXY BALL (a formal affair) featuring the Kings and Queens and their Courts (both 2008 & 2009) in their very colorful & radiant costumes and the two CO-Captains. Music was provided by two different musical groups, drinks of all types and various succulent dishes from several local restaurants were provided (all included in the price of admission).

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MONDAY FEB 23RD
Lafeniere Park, Metairie, LA. where the Krewe and visitors enjoy music and an old fashioned BBQ Cookout, with lots of Burgers, Hot Dogs, Jambalaya, drinks etc. All the people enjoy a chance to meet the Honorees (who wear their uniforms) and express their heart-felt appreciation and gratitude for their service to this great country. Everyone enjoys the music and food and a chance to buy some ARGUS souvenirs and “throws”. At noon when the floats are brought in the Riders with their family, friends and helpers load all their throws (various types of necklaces, coins, doubloons, stuffed animals, boas, footballs etc) onto the float – in their assigned spot (all trash from the plastic wrappings and cardboard boxes must be opened and discarded here since NONE are allowed on the ground at the starting point or during the parade). The floats remain in the park until a uniformed security service overnight until they are moved to and parked at the starting point. THROWS = each Rider should have at least 2,500 throws for the parade, but most of them will have about 3,500 and some “wild guys” have even more.

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TUESDAY FEB 24TH MARDI GRAS DAY
On The day begins with an early breakfast at 7:00 AM in the Food Court of the Clearview Shopping Center Mall (which is closed for the day). A musical trio plays traditional Mardi Gras music while breakfast is eaten, then a short announcement by the Captains of the Krewe and a brief speech by KING ARGUS XXV and all is ready to go. At 9:00AM the music resumes and the Riders march/dance a “second line” out the mall to the road in front where the floats have been positioned. The parade rolls promptly at 10:00 AM and continues on the route before a crowd of ONE MILLION PEOPLE ending about five miles later at approximately 2:00 PM. IT’S A THRILL OF A LIFETIME FOR THESE HONOREES! At the end of the parade route there are food and drink for the Riders who shortly return to their homes and rest….it’s a long day…fun but long.

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Mardi Gras 2009 Brochure


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