Sunday, January 4, 2015

Mardi Gras a Safari Pardi


Mardi Gras is a Safari Pardi
Who’s ready for Mardi Gras? My doors at home have beads and garland in purple, gold and green.
Laura Childress says the 2015 season is ready to roll.
Look for two new parades and a gumbo cookoff. Cynthia Hinds, Majestic Krewe of Aurora Ball Captain, said the ball’s Safari Pardi theme will feature a “pardi” of pageantry on Feb. 7.
 Is your band interested in playing Mardi Gras? Do you want to join a krewe? Contact to be part of the biggest “Pardi” of the year. For information about joining or how to be a sponsor, visit or call the Mardi Gras office at  409-721-8717.
This year’s downtown event will offer new and exciting activities.  Watch for details soon about new hours, parades and more.
“Get involved be a part of the festivities,” Childress says.

Louisiana fun
I’m hearing fun reports on the Golden Nugget casino and hotel in Lake Charles. One was of a room with a curtain, not a full door, between the bath and bed. I got on line and that’s exactly what it looks like. Unusual perhaps, but still pretty fancy. I’d certainly love to stay there. Can’t wait to go, but I’ll be checking out the eateries much more closely than the machines.

Cajun stuff on Pinterest
Now that Pinterest is divided into categories, I’m tickled by all the options. I looked up gumbo for my mother and found something called gumbo dip, which she has indicated she would make, but has not of yet. So then I went to boudain and found a photo I took of boudain kolaches in Port Arthur. But it was the oysters that super-amazed me. I saw categories with beautiful images of stewed, fried, raw and boiled oysters. Then there were categories for shooters, oyster crafts such as shells adorning mirrors, garlands made of the shells and then there were the pearls. What I’d never have expected to see is that a there are a lot, lot of people who have oyster tattoos.
Darragh Doiron has Cajun roots and loves to share them with Port Arthur News readers. Reach her at

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