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Mardi Gras 2013
By: Nancy Verespy
Everyone should make a trip to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana - it is one of those things that you must experience to appreciate or know that you only want to do it once!Friendly people who make you feel like family are what greets you almost anywhere in Louisiana.
We have been to Mardi Gras in the past but have come to know that the most fun to be had is at the parades held in each small town throughout the area. It is a time of Bloody Marys, Daiquiris, boudain balls, Andouille sausage and people who quickly become your friends as you fight to catch those "very valuable beads" thrown from the floats in each parade! Tailgating parties are the norm and you find people who are celebrating a Holiday with fun as the theme!
We were invited to go to Post LA-04 in Thibodaux, LA and arrived just in time to attend their regular post meeting where they begin with food - crawfish etouffe, salad, bread and great desserts were the first order of business and that was followed by the meeting of the post. Ivy Louviere, Post Commander, conducted the business of the organization and it quickly became apparent that this post has some pretty active members. They are involved in bridge decorating at Christmas time; the Let Freedom Ring Festival in July; the Monument design and implementation and on and on. They are a group of people who like to plan and get things done.
Peter Forbes conducted the Installation of new Post Officers.
Peter Forbes was invited by Gene Richard to make a guest appearance on his local radio show and that meant for an early day as the show begins at 7 a.m. Loy Smith attended along with Peter and they spent their airtime talking about all things Veteran-related. Their special focus was on the local post and on the National Program, the United Veterans Beacon House, transitional housing for homeless Veterans. Loy and many other volunteers have traveled along with Peter to the current project locations in Promise and Parade, South Dakota. They emphasized that there is always a need for volunteers who are both skilled and unskilled and, of course, monetary donations are always welcome. Gene made them right at home and encouraged his readers to check out the website at vfus.us
Imagine Peter's outrage when, despite numerous hints, he had to get his own Rob's donuts! Since it has been years since we have had Rob's Donuts, we were sure they would not be as good as we remembered but ... they were just as good and after a week of daily doses of donuts we finally had enough! Calories are just not counted when you are in Thibodaux, Louisiana.
We attended parades, had great food at the Smith and Chenier households and were privileged to meet many very nice people who were always interested in what we do as an organization.
We had the opportunity to go "crabbing" with Pat and Loy, and Connie and her friend, Robert. Crabbing was a first for me and the fact that we were going to use chicken necks and liver didn't really make it sound too inviting but ... in the spirit of "give it a try" we got those strings baited and had many, many bites and actually caught a few crabs. The fact that the size of the crabs meant that they were able to get through the net will tell you that we did not have any to take home for a feast! Fun is fun though and we had a great time.
Spending time in South Louisiana is a wonderful experience and the organization and we, as individuals, are honored to have these folks as our friends and members.
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