As it turned out, it was a great time. By noon thousands of people and dogs were lining the streets. Although the Hurricanes were already flowing and it was a little colder than optimal everyone was in a great mood, dogs included. I'd never seen so much butt and crotch sniffing in one place. Oscar didn't mind.
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The parade itself was more cute than anything. There really were some great dog costumes but mostly it was for the pets themselves. Oscar had even more fun than I did and that's what it's all about. Video proof below.
After the parade most people left but there was definitely a sense of partying going around Soulard. The bars were packed with bead wearing revelers and live music was pouring into the streets. I decided to take it easy this weekend with the big Mardi Gras parade looming next week, but I did head out for some dinner at 8:00 over at Hardshell Cafe. There I saw a glimpse of what next week is likely to be. Halfway through my wings I look up to see a young attractive woman drunkingly fall out of her barstool. It wasn't a very graceful fall either. She slammed on the concrete floor. She ended up being fine luckily but I'm sure she wasn't feeling too great this morning. It was what I'm calling the official kick-off to my Mardi Gras week. I hope it starts like that every year. It was kinda funny.