These Vintage Photos Of Mardi Gras In New Orleans Show It’s Always Been A Wild Party

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Mardi Gras arrived in the United States in the late 1600s, thanks to the Le Moyne brothers, whom King Louis XIV sent to defend France’s right to the territory of Louisiane.

Traditionally, Fat Tuesday ushered in the last chance to eat fatty foods and party through the night before the self-denial season of Lent began for Christians.

But even after France decamped from the New World, their traditional spring hurrah stuck around. Check out these vintage photos of Mardi Gras from the early 20th century, which prove it’s always been America’s coolest party.

The royal chariot with Rex, the King of the Carnival, starts the Mardi Gras procession in downtown New Orleans, La., in 1906.

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The Rex pageant began as a part of Mardi Gras in 1872. 

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This Mardi Gras parade took place between 1890 and 1910.

Mardi Gras 1The procession winds down Canal Street in 1900.
Mardi Gras 5Rex passes by Camp Street on its…

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Golden Buddha Park

Originally posted on Abandoned Kansai:

Spring is the perfect time for hanami haikyo – exploring abandoned places while the plum and cherry blossoms are in full bloom. The window of opportunity every year is small, especially during cold and rainy springs, but this year I was luckily to hit one of those perfect days early in the year…

A few years ago I saw the remains of what appeared to be a playground on some random Japanese blog. Another source called it an abandoned amusement park. And then some photos of a golden Buddha statue appeared. It took me a while to piece all those pieces together – and afterwards I knew as much about that mysterious place as before… plus its exact location on a small mountain in Gifu prefecture; very countryside, and so I explored in Gifu and passed through Gifu several times before I was finally able to visit the Golden Buddha…

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What To Do if The Police Stop You at a Music Festival

Originally posted on Showbams:

Festival-Lawyer

I know what you are thinking. What the heck’s a Festival Lawyer?

Is it a Public Defender who helps you out if you get arrested at a concert? No. (Although, to be honest, I wish I had thought of that as a job option after law school).

I’m a criminal defense attorney with a background as a former prosecutor. But I also have a background as a drummer, a DJ, and avid festival goer. The idea behind “The Festival Lawyer” column is to combine these backgrounds to give you legal and practical advice that will make you a safer, more responsible Festival Goer.

Advice like how to protect your rights if the police approach you at a concert. Or how to recognize the symptoms of a drug or alcohol overdose. We will talk about things like California’s Medical Marijuana laws or what to do if stopped for a DUI on…

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Batman & Joker Black and White Statues by Dick Sprang

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With 2014 serving as Batman’s 75th Anniversary year, fans can look forward to some remarkable statues and action figures celebrating the Dark Knight coming out through a variety of DC’s product lines.

This year, Batman Black and White flashes back to the Golden Age of comics with a pair of statues based on the legendary art of Dick Sprang. A throwback to a more whimsical age, these a firm bond to the past and lasting legacy of Batman and his equally iconic nemesis, the Joker.

These statues were sculpted by Tony Cipriano and Josh Sutton, who have worked carefully to add a third dimension to Sprang’s lively work in the most respectful way possible.

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Batman Black and White: Batman by Dick Sprang Statue
Based on the Art of Dick Sprang
Sculpted by Tony Cipriano & Josh Sutton
Limited Edition of 5,200
In Stores December 2014
$79.95

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COPENHAGEN CARNIVAL 2014

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Prior to today, I had never been to a carnival, but pictures from Rio always used to make me wonder when I would get a chance to take pictures at a carnival. When I heard Copenhagen had its own annual carnival, I jumped at the opportunity to photograph this wonderful festival of colour, dance and music. The Copenhagen Carnival is an annual carnival event taking place in Fælledparken and on the streets of Copenhagen, for three days (Friday-Sunday) during the Whitsun Holiday. Over the years it has developed into the largest Danish festival for World music with 120 bands, 2000 dancers and more than 100,000 spectators participating. (Source: Wikipedia.org)

The main Copenhagen Carnival Parade takes place on Saturday, moving from Kongens Nytorv to The City Hall Square along the pedestrian street Strøget. The day after, the parade is repeated in Fælledparken, leading up to the final evening of celebrations. This saturday I planned to be in Stroget to witness the parade as it moved through…

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A Day In The Park In Auguste – Two Clown Watercolor

Originally posted on Great Clown Portraits:

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Hello Fellow Clown Lovers,

Clowns – I love them!  I love to paint bright, colorful, happy images and clowns fit right in with that.

I have painted clowns for several years.  Until recently I focused on painting them in Acrylics on canvas, but I have renewed my love of Watercolor and I am currently working on a series of paintings that incorporates great clowns (most of whom I have made friends with on Facebook) and watercolor.  Since the watercolor series  is new and not well know I have the luxury of selling these paintings at a  pretty reasonable price.

I came across this cute image while looking thru some great photos that Beth Grimes and John Sayre AKA  “JP Ballyhoo”  had taken one afternoon while clowning around… I fell in love with the image.  This has 2 clowns and would not fit in my 9 X 12 painting size so…

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