Sunday, February 10, 2008

Mardi Gras: New Orleans Parade People

The Saturday before Mardi Gras (sometimes called "Samedi Gras") has its own parades, as seen in a previous entry. The schedule basically goes:

1:00 - 4:00: Parade
4:00 - 7:00: Sit around holding your place on the parade route
7:00 - 10:00: Parade

The staff photographer, meanwhile, has always been interested in taking more pictures of people. But it is hard to get up the courage to ask permission, particularly when in Guatemala and the request could be interpreted as a condescending tourist equivalent of "you sure do look funny." And taking portraits without permission opens a whole ethical can of worms that the staff photographer hasn't really come to terms with. In any case, the inter-parade break presented the perfect practice opportunity: A slightly inebriated staff photographer asking happy and also slightly inebriated fellow revelers if they would mind having their picture taken. It's a baby step, but still a step. Being Mardi Gras, the results are mostly pictures of ordinary people wearing funny hats. Nevertheless, we've assembled 15 of the better results for your viewing pleasure. Check out the slideshow here.

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