Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Ash Wednesday

Bleh. Lenten Thing will be: Eat more fruits and vegetables. I plan to start picking up produce boxes at Hollygrove Farms starting on Saturday.

Upcoming shenanigans: St. Patrick's Day parade on Saturday (mm, Hollygrove may need to wait till Tuesday) and St. Patrick's Day itself (with subsequent block party madness) a week from tomorrow. Historic Green will be rolling into town for their Spring Greening in the Lower Ninth Ward on March 16. I won't be able to participate in the work days, but I am hoping to get to the crawfish boil/fundraiser the weekend after St. Patrick's Day.

Hm. Also to look forward to: made a reservation for Rue 127 for dinner on Friday night. Been wanting to check out this place for a while. Further on the horizon: French Quarter Fest in early-mid April, Jazz Fest in late April/early May (I got a WWOZ Brass Pass that will get me in all days of the festival.)

Then, summer. Kind of looking forward to the heat of summer slowing everything down. It won't be as lazy as last summer (what with having a job and all) but there's a comfort to the heat. It's difficult to explain.

But today, I burrow.

UPDATE: I have been alerted that St. Joseph's Day is on March 19, and the Mardi Gras Indian Super Sunday Parade is the Sunday after St. Joseph's Day (which this year is the day after.) From the MardiGrasNewOrleans site:

Aside from Mardi Gras day, the most significant day for the Mardi Gras Indians is St. Joseph's Day. Around sundown on this day, the Mardi Gras Indians once again dress in their feathers and suits and take to the streets to meet other "gangs." Also, the Mardi Gras Indian Council and Tambourine and Fan organization put on an annual "Super Sunday" parade on the Sunday closest to St. Joseph's Day.

Other than the Mardi Gras Indians, the St. Joseph's Holiday is an important holiday to the Italian population here. It involves alters (must find one!), food (of course) and an Italian parade.

So, to recap: March 12 is the St. Patrick's Day Parade, March 17 is St. Patrick's Day, March 19 is St. Joseph's Day, and March 20 is Super Sunday. Still lots to look forward to.


  1. OMG. I'll be in town for Super Sunday! And you betta come to that crawfish boil, missy.

  2. Ahhh, I'd never heard of St. Joseph's (being of Methodist and Jewish parents) until last year when I moved behind a Catholic church in a traditionally Sicilian neighborhood. They use the alley behind my building to set up a tent for the day and then proceed to load tables with tons of cookies and baked goods that people can buy to raise money for charity.

    We got cookies from the church as a thank you for moving our cars and letting them use the alley. Needless to say, I am very much looking forward to March 19th this year.

    St. Joseph's in New Orleans sounds like a sight to be seen. I hope you'll get some pictures from all the upcoming events. I enjoyed your recent parade pics!