Living in Louisiana definitely keeps us busy with the various traditions and holidays that only Louisianans partake in, specifically Mardi Gras. Our state has celebrations leading up to the big holiday.
Taylor was a maid in her daycare’s Mardi Gras ball. It was so fun getting her dolled up in her satin, pearl-colored dress that was adorned with sequins and rhinestones. In lieu of a crown that would be far too difficult to pin in an infant’s hair, she was given a rhinestone headband to wear and a red cape. I cried once she was dressed; flashes of Taylor 18 years from now in her prom dress, then years later in her wedding dress filled my mind. I will have to tuck those images away for now, it’s far too much to think about.
As for the ball, it was amazing! Mommy and Daddy escorted Taylor. Our baby girl lit up when she saw the crowd, clapping and smiling until we were seated. After the ball, our families enjoyed another Louisiana tradition: gumbo. Anytime the temperature lowers past 60 degrees, gumbo is a must! These are all the makings of great memories!
Her daycare had its annual parade. I know you are probably thinking babies were just dressed up and strolling around a playground. That’s what I thought when we initially received Taylor’s permission slip. Oh to the contrary, the parade had streets blocked off by Sheriff deputies and neighbors were in their yards awaiting the parade of babies with beads and candy to throw. It was great walking with the other parents and entertaining the neighbors and family that participated.
We decorated Taylor’s float in a Valentine’s theme. She had a giant heart, that was adorned with smaller pink, red, and white hearts, affixed to her stroller, complete with a red and cream tulle skirt. We threw red rubber duckies and gold and silver beads along the brief parade route. Our float was modest compared to the others. We definitely didn’t know what to expect. There were wagons converted into floats with alligator, princess, “Duck Dynasty,” Minnie Mouse, and castle themes. There was even an “Avengers” themed float complete with a blue siren! We have plenty ideas for Taylor’s float next year. We will have to pull out hammer and nails next time!