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New Orleans Mardi Gras Parade 1907 …

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This is the Rex Parade on Canal Street in downtown New Orleans back in the 1907 Mardi Gras celebration.  The theme for that year was ” Visions on Nations “, with each float being a different country.  I bought the original photograph from someone on Ebay and it was not in very good condition – stains, corners bent and torn, etc.  It took me several hours to get it to look like this, but I think that it is a pretty interesting image.  Parts of Canal Street look like the building on the near right side even today in 2016.  Times have really changed … I don’t see any of these parade goers screaming and waving their arms shouting ” Throw me something Mister! ” or whatever else they do now a days ( and I think you know what I mean … wink, wink ).  If anyone has any images of New Orleans from this time period, I would be interested in seeing what you have.  Thanks for looking and don’t forget that I post frequently and often to my Instagram ( frankphardy ) account.  Hope everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving … ours was.  Please check back ….

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November 30, 2016 at 6:03 pm

Jackson Square …

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One of Jackson Square I made back in the early 80’s … nothing special, just an early morning shot before the place got busy and crowded.  Could not get the pigeons to stay off of the statue no matter how hard I tried.  I guess it would not be Andrew Jackson without a few pigeons.  Shot with a Nikon F3, scanned full frame b&w … very little Photoshop.  Happy Mardi Gras 2011!

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March 9, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Mardi Gras in New Orleans 2011 …

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Pam and I drove over to New Orleans to catch a parade yesterday, but due to the rain and bad weather they were canceled.  So we ended up eating very well … we found a place on Decatur named Olivier’s and had an excellent lunch.  After we ate, we headed down to Jackson Square and it started raining.  The place cleared out and I made the photo above.  The photo below is one that I took from inside Cafe Du Mond when it started raining real hard.

The last photo is of some street preachers trying to save some lost souls on Bourbon Street … they really had their work cut-out for them and I don’t know if they succeeded or not, but they sure were trying!  At this point, business is slow and all the sinners must have staggered into or bar to get another drink or something … the first photo is a close-up and the second is one further back.

Well, this being Mardi Gras in New Orleans, they did not have to wait long for some drunk nut to show up.  I have no clue what he is doing or the gestures that he making signify, but he sure thinks he is being funny and he really seems to be enjoying himself …

I can only hope that he was not driving and wonder how long he made it once the sun went down!  Let the good times roll!

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March 6, 2011 at 3:32 pm

Mardi Gras in New Orleans …

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You see all kinds in New Orleans … a big hole opens in the atmosphere and drops all of these characters in Jackson Square!   The guy in the first photo – Jeep – was really a nice guy.  I ran into him several years later in a parade, got his address and sent him several of these photos.  Even received a nice letter thanking me for the photos.  The couple in the bottom photo loved having their photo made … the image on the screen does not do the original photo justice, but you get the idea.  Pete Fountain is the man in the photos below and here is a link to his Wikipedia page.  It tells about his “Half Fast Walking Club” – a Mardi Gras krew he founded.  These photos were taken from the krew’s march down Bourbon Street.  I have a photo of my father and Pete Fountain that I will add to this post later.

These images were made back in 1989 on a trip I made over to New Orleans on Fat Tuesday with fellow photographer Jimmy Hayward.  We went over specifically for the hole opening in the universe … if you are a photographer, it is well worth the trip and as far as the exact time for the universe to open, you just gotta be there is all I can say.

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March 3, 2011 at 9:10 am