The last night of the conference was their annual party. Brian mentioned that we should join in and said, "I think we're going to parade to a restaurant a block away". Landon and Adler had been playing on the escalator and Adler fell and got pretty beat up. I decided it would still be fun to try and walk the "block" to the restaurant so I loaded Adler into the stroller and carried Blane. We got outside to a true parade! Stilt walkers, 2 marching bands and hundreds of people who shut down one of the busiest roads to parade and have fun! The parade ended up being about a mile or more in a roundabout way to the restaurant, but we managed and it was one of the highlights of the trips for sure.
I thought mardi gras beads were only in February, but as we marched down the streets, residents were throwing beaded necklaces off of their porches. Apparently this happens more often than I thought!