1. The Cocktail: This New Orleans drink made from rum and fruit juices was invented by Pat O’Brien in the 1940s. Interestingly, O’Brien only concocted it because he needed to get rid of a lot of excess rum. He even gave them away for free to visiting sailors. The drink is now a staple of Mardi Gras and Cajun-flavored parties across the country.
For the first time in a few years, my job didn't interfere with Festival International (I usually have emceeing gigs or remote broadcasts that prevent me from enjoying the festival). Shannon and I couldn't make it there Wednesday night, but we were there Thursday through Sunday!
St. Patrick's Day, 2012, was another great day for music lovers in Lafayette, Louisiana. 'CajunVideoDude' was there with his camera. Did he catch you shaking your shamrock? Check out the guy at 2:20...
(UPDATED 2/22/12; 3:02PM): The Independent Weekly has run a story with more details surrounding the scuffle that took place Tuesday at the Mardi Gras Independent Parade line-up area (the Independent Weekly and the Independent Parade are not related.
We've seen some characters in our Mardi Gras wanderings today - some folks who scared us, some who entranced us, and some who downright annoyed us. We call 'em "People of Mardi Gras." You know the type?
Here are a few examples to give you an idea of what we mean.
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