As usual the gang couldn't get it's act together until late in the day. No one was assuming responsibility for organizing the foray to the Quarter. Finally I called one of my friends who is a music teacher and never misses an opportunity to see the brass bands. We assembled a group and got to the Quarter around 7. It was immediately apparent that there were a lot more poeple than usual, which we had anticipated. It was the first KdV I've been to that didn't require at least a jacket and people responded to the mild weather. Because of the crowds and our drop-off point (St. Phillip and Dauphine by Matassa's) we decided not to go to Tujaques's bar. We made stops at Flanagan's and Harry's. They were both both very busy, but not insanely so. Harry's hasn't changed in the 30 years I've been here. We decided to catch the parade a little earlier than on Decatur by picking it up on Royal near St. Phillip. The parade was very nice, lots of brass bands, some of whom were really hot. I didn't think the parade was quite as funny as some others have been, but it was definitely worth it. There are always a few folks with small children who obviously didn't get the memo. These two moms were across the street from us with their little ones and as soon as the first group of guys holding large flashing male organs passed by, they exchanged one of those hapless "We're not in Kansas anymore" looks.
Once we exchanged hugs with our friends in the Krewe of Underwear sub-krewe and each got our 25th year commemorative wooden doubloon, the parade was over. About 10 minutes later the Krewe Delusion passed by. This a small but energetic group of mostly twenty-somethings who had a couple of makeshift floats. They were gone in probably 3-4 minutes so I would put them in the category of a marching club and not really a parade.
Based on the late date of Mardi Gras and the crowds at KdV and the toasty weather yesterday, I anticipate the last 4 days of Carnival are going to be VERY large this year. Plan accordingly.