Thursday, January 21, 2016

The ghost of Ziggy Stardust

Dozens of Ziggy Stardusts on Royal Street
This weekend, a second line parade was organized in the French Quarter to honor the late David Bowie.  It was a short enough parade; beginning at Preservation Hall, it wound a few blocks down to the Mississippi riverbank, then returned to the streets of the quarter to end at the night club One Eyed Jack's,

We were in the Quarter that day for celebration of our own, and to do some frivolous shopping. Mardi Gras is coming up and we need festival attire! It seemed like the perfect thing to do - buy silly stuff to wear, then parade through the streets and end with a drink or two. This time of year, everyone breaks out their best decorations, and the streets are glittering with purple, gold and green.

What a handsome dude!
We checked out the art galleries, and then had some lunch, Then we did more window shopping.

I was thinking of a costume in green, but I happened to have a red dress. So I bought a hat. What do you think?

Then we stopped in for a Pimm's Cup at the Court of the Two Sisters, an old-school Creole restaurant. I remember eating here with my parents the first time I ever came to this city when I was around eight or nine years old.

The Bowie second line parade would pass just outside the restaurant on Royal Street, so we found a place on the sidewalk and watched the gathering crowd.

The crowd began to build. We could hear the music and see the police lights, but it was impossible to see anything but other revelers.

Standing on the corner, we heard the parade pass us by, and never saw a bit of it!! There didn't seem to be a point in following it, so we changed plans.

It was good people-watching, but a French 75 in Antoines Hermes Bar seemed a better idea. Don't you agree?


theMuddledMarketPlace said...

LOVE the hat!

Jenny said...

Divine hat. You have landed in a fabulous city, haven't you? (I just had a lovely drive acro-o-o-o-o-s the Valley during rush hour. Not feeling any LA love.)

Trudy said...

I believe that hat (and outfit) will serve you well.....very lovely.