Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Zulu shows us some love, and a cautionary tale



The Zulu parade put on by the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club is the best parade we've seen. Best floats, best entertainment, best throws.





We found a spot right where the parade turns onto Canal Street from Saint Charles and all of a sudden I was getting hit with all kinds of beads and medallions.



Here's the view looking away from the river up Canal Street:


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Sprawling Ramshackle Compound Presents:

A CAUTIONARY TALE

Alone and staggering shitfaced drunk on a side street is no way to find yourself at noon in New Orleans. That's how we found Drunky McBaggypants in between the Zulu and Rex parades. I first noticed him when I heard the driver of a pickup truck saying "you gotta move brother, I gotta pull out". Drunky was leaning his head on the side of the pickup, asleep and standing. I got the camera out just a little too late to catch him reeling away from the truck as it pulled out.


He swung out wide onto Poydras and almost went into the street



Then he overcompensated and lurched back to starboard



If you ever wondered how tourists get robbed, this is a good example. His wallet was visible in his left rear pocket and he was close to sleepwalking. Heck, I was tempted to roll him myself. Finally he reached the relative stability of a wrought iron fence, which is where we left him.



I can only hope that no smartass does a meanspirited photo documentary about my antics tonight...


9 comments:

SkylersDad said...

Save those beads and medallions for when you start up your rap career!

Some Guy said...

I'm pretty sure that drunk guy was in the same spot when I was at Mardi Gras twelve years ago. I wonder how he survived the hurricane.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I love his vacant stare.

Wren said...

Glad you're having a great time, Bubs -- and hope you weren't anywhere near the shootings that took place at 1:40 p.m. at the tail end of the Rex parade. :ast word was 6 people shot, no deaths so far, alleged shooters caught. Pop by and let us know you and Mrs Bubs are OK, OK?

Tenacious S said...

I think of no one but you during Mardi Gras. If you all are home next weekend, I should arrange for you to attend our favorite Mardi Gras fest here in E-town. Our friends offer a fabulous spread and prefer costume. Great fun every year! Hope you are pleasantly buzzed and well fed. Now my family must go eat jambalaya.

Lisa said...

You shoulda tied him to the fence for his own safety.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'll be looking for you on Youtube!

bubbles said...

Hahahaha! I love the name you gave him!

Glad you are having a good time!

Randal Graves said...

Too bad you, presumably, don't have any more shots of this guy, he needs to become a recurring character!