february mardi gras

Sorting the photos from February of 2002 reminds me that I may not always be able to write quite so much about every single month worth of photos; there are 246 for Mardi Gras 2002, alone. As time passes, numerous events will take this storyboard form.

There were only two other events that I covered in this month though. The first was a little party at Oldham, the place that would later morph into KC's most dance-music influential nightclub, Kabal Restaurant & Nightclub. That's a whole other story on the horizon though.

On this night particular night it was just a newly renovated and opened restaurant space, with local Steve Thorell dishing out House Music from a folding table to a small group of friends in the basement.
The only other event outside of Mardi Gras would be later in the month, when we returned from Mardi Gras just in time for a birthday celebration for local DJ D.Day down at Club Evo's.

Mardi Gras was the event photo story for the month though, and we arrived in New Orleans, just in time to meet up with friends at the Endymion Parade, led by Grand Marshall Jason Alexander. We took a stroll through the Quarter afterwards, to see what we could see. 

It was still a few days before Mardi Gras, but the party was starting to form. Some girls from Playboy, one of which appeared to be Pamela Anderson, were putting on an early show. Down the street further, some local were doing the same. Everything was as expected.

Lundi Gras was pretty laid back. We really didn't go into the Quarter for much, except to drop off some equipment at Checkpoint for the Creaters of Habit gig that night. Our close friend was playing a gig with his old krewe, and it was to bleed into the early hours of Mardi Gras morning. 

We didn't get involved with that after the gig, but did peak around the corner into the Marigny for a moment, catching a little percussion improve and meeting random people needing a light.

The next morning we skipped most of the parades. Instead, we roamed relatively open streets that would later collapse under the weight of the massive night time population. We avoided even that. during the night on this trip. We focused on meeting various people and capturing some of the random uniqueness that wandered about and had a blast. 

Without doubt, the adventure ended back in the Marigny. It is our favorite spot on Mardi Gras night, either on the street or at Cafe Brasil. We even took a little video snapshot of it. There is no better place, except maybe a moment to chill at the Dragon's Den. .


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