“mardi gras is one of the best things in this world: it combines the amazing spirit of new orleans with music, friends, children, old people, booze, crawfish boils, beads, screaming, laughing, stumbling, masks, strategizing, saying ‘sidewalk side’ a lot, lights, floats, confusion, koozies, dancing, costumes, and a willingness to endure some pain and lose some sleep. time exists on another plane—each parade seems to hold a universe. in many ways, it makes me feel more alive and more like a child than anything else i know; i have never felt such pure joy from catching a plastic cup. it is something i find impossible to explain to those who have never been. and i could cry just thinking about how i have to wait a year to go back.”
— littlepotato [please click through for mills’ post on photographing mardi gras!]
Dear New Orleans, a benefit album marking the fifth anniversary of Katrina, in its entirety
The album features mostly previously unreleased tracks from the likes of My Morning Jacket + the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Bonnie “Prince” Billy + Matt Sweeney, Thao Nguyen and Laura Veirs. Buy and/or Donate here.
Abby and I after Jazz Fest on Saturday; Simon & Garfunkel were excellent, but for anyone attending in the future I cannot recommend the Midnite Disturbers highly enough. Also: cracklin, crawfish strudel, soft-shell crab poboy, bread pudding, etc.
Good Lord; not even a whole row of Port-a-Loos can make you two look bad! Also, I believe this is my first reblog of a GPOYW.
I think I’m finally ready to try my hand at ‘Nawlins cuisine. Not even a 25-ingredient recipe will alarm me with John Besh at the helm. (via eatmedaily)