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NOLA Gemini Moments: a #haibun

Mardi Gras Parade–Photo courtesy of Calendarpedia

What must Mardi Gras be like?

Is it revelers pursuing yet another Krew’s ostentacious float? Is it music pouring out of every open door and window? Or crowds of tourists casting down or tossing up sets of beads? Is it influencers drawing onlookers with the lure of lavish costumes? It it a mysterious alchemy of all these things?

Whatever it is, the festivities carries on right up to the last minute of Fat Tuesday. But at midnight, police bullhorns announce the arrival of Ash Wednesday. The party is over.

Perhaps Mardi Gras is the reverse of the traditional New Orleans Funeral procession, during which Mourners process in tears to the cemetary, as a marching band plays a dirge. Upon the procession’s return, however, the band strikes up a wildly upbeat tune, and the processors dance and sing their way back.

Fast, then feast? Or feast, then hangover?

piles of dropped beads

the gray light of another

“Trash Wednesday”

for dVerse Poets’ Tuesday Poetics: Mardi Gras Mambo (pubtended by Amaya)

Real Toads’ Tuesday Platform (imagined by Sanaa Rizvi)

and Colleen’s 2019 Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 127 #SynonymsOnly

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  1. Nice Haibun, Frank. I’m glad I read this, many truths. It reminded me of school days, students, and our three year run entry in the Galveston Marti Gras Houda crew parade. I was sponsor of our college business club, a Phi Beta Lambda chapter. Our parade was one of several each first of two Saturdays before Mardi Gras day. The Houda crew was composed of entries of various business entities, we walked and were of a similar nature of the San Francisco Mummer Briefcase Parade. We had a marching routine of song and dance corriographed by the students.
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    • The Galveston (Texas) Mardi Gras was started in 1871. Our club pulled out when the Houda crew abandoned Galveston to join the Richmond Street annual Budweiser Parade in Houston’s playful Richmond/Washington partying area of town. That was not appropriate for our college’s students and faculty.
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  2. I like the idea of Mardi Gras as the reverse of the traditional New Orleans Funeral procession Frank. The haiku is effective and, guess what, today is “Trash Wednesday” over here!

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  3. Your thoughts brought to my mind the story of Winston Churchill’s funeeral, at which Reveille was played at the beginning and Taps at the end! I liked your Mardi Graas thoughts.

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  4. Oh my gosh, “Trash Wednesday!” Yeah, the police bullhorns letting the crowds know it’s time to mourn…it seems there’s a right and a wrong way to do everything, even the most human expressions like celebrating and worshipping.

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  5. I’ve never been to New Orleans but it does sound like one hell of a party. Still… “trash Wednesday”… I guess there’s no such thing as a party without the clean-up afterwards.

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