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The Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu

The Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu
The Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu

The Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu

Lake Charles, Louisiana (Calcasieu Parish) is home to one of the largest Mardi Gras celebrations in the state of Louisiana at the Mardi Gras Museum of Imperial Calcasieu. They have a Mardi Gras Museum at the Historic Central School Arts & Humanities Center on 809 Kirby Street in Lake Charles.

The museum may not have the grandeur of some, but what it lacks in architectural beauty it more than tops in Mardi Gras costumes. It boasts the largest collection of Mardi Gras costumes of any Mardi Gras museum in the south. It has animated characters to guide you in your tour and is a must see for any fan of Mardi Gras balls, krewes, and regalia.

Check it out in person as well as our photo album from our stop at the museum!

Lundi Gras in New Orleans with Proteus, Orpheus, and Nathan Fillion

Lundi Gras in New Orleands
King Proteus at Mardi Gras 2016

King Proteus at Mardi Gras 2016

Greek legends rolled the streets of New Orleans this evening. The Krewe of Proteus led the way. Proteus is New Orleans second oldest Mardi Gras Krewe, Founded in 1882, and it takes its name from the son of Poseidon and is a god of the sea.

Oddly enough, the Krewe of Proteus took an entirely different direction from the Greek Sea gods for their theme and the theme was The Hindu Heavens. Their floats celebrated Brahma, Vishnu, Ganesha, and others.

Guggen Kamikaze Mothey

Guggen Kamikaze Mothey

Included in the Proteus lineup was a New Orleans favorite band from Switzerland, Guggen Kamikaze Monthey!

Harry Connick Jr. in the Orpheus 2016 parade

Harry Connick Jr. in the Orpheus 2016 parade

The Krewe of Orpheus, named after the Greek god of music, rolled on the streets following Proteus. Orpheus was founded in 1993 by Harry Connick Jr., his father, and Sonny Borey. It has a major focus on music and celebrities. This years theme was The Wizard’s Bestiary and Nathan Fillion road as the Monarch of Orpheus.

New Orleans City employees looking out for the Orpheus Krewe

New Orleans City employees looking out for the Orpheus Krewe

The parade was rolling smooth until it was discovered there was a fire beneath one of the grates on Canal street. Mr. Filli0n’s float was rolled to the side to allow for a fire truck and another city vehicle to roll in. The city police, fire department and others in the city’s service took care of the fire and determined it was safe before the parade could continue on.

Nathan Fillion throwing beads to the crowd on Canal Street

Nathan Fillion throwing beads to the crowd on Canal Street

This left Mr. Fillion and his riders time to play with the lucky folks who happened to have him pause his ride with them. Amidst shouts of “Nathan!”, “Richard!”, and “Castle!” he and he kept the crowd happy by throwing loads of beads their way. He would point to a specific person and then throw to them.

It was mildly disconcerting when that finger pointed directly at the camera. His aim was true and this writer found himself the recipient of a solid ringer in the game of ring toss. Those beads will be kept with fond memories of this Lundi Gras in New Orleans. With the new “X-Files” now out, perhaps they would make good prayer beads to use in supplications for a continuation of the “Firefly” series?

For more about National Tourism Examiner and creator of the Join The Parade card game, John N. Collins, find him on Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, and Facebook.

The “Join the Parade” game lives and made it to Mardi Gras!

Artwork from the "Join The Parade" game

Last Mardi Gras day (2016) I created a Mardi Gras parade card game – Join The Parade.

It took 9 months to get the artwork done and then another couple months to get the decks produced.  After all that I only had 2 weeks to get my game I created out before Mardi Gras 2016.

I still managed to get it into Mardi Gras supply stores in Pensacola, Mobile, New Orleans, Lafayette, and Galveston as well as the Mobile Carnival Museum, the Biloxi Mardi Gras Museum, and a few other places.  So it was in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas as well as Amazon.com before Mardi Gras.  It has been well received and we are already working on next years edition.

Photos are now up for Carnaval Brasileira in Austin, Texas – PG-13

Costumed fun at Carnival Brasileiro!
Costumed fun at Carnival Brasileiro!

Costumed fun at Carnival Brasileiro!

Last night was Carnaval Brasileira in Austin, Texas and there was music, dancing, drinking and major Mardi Gras party atmosphere at the Palmer Event Center.

The costumes ranged from Las Vegas showgirl style to body paint and the music kept the patrons moving.

Check out our photo album from Carnaval Brasileira, but be forewarned as it contains images of folks enjoying themselves in various Brazilian Carnival style attire, including body paint!

Richard Hatch in “Loadout”

A few months back I had the pleasure of meeting Richard Hatch from Battlestar Galactica and a host of other films and television.  That weekend he got an email from one of the Executive Producers at Machinima Prime.  They needed some audio retakes for the video they were scheduled to put out the following Tuesday.  So it was my pleasure to have a few sessions of working with Richard Hatch doing voice overs for “Loadout” for Machinima Prime.  If you watch the credits at the end they give me a nice thanks.