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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Fat Tuesday

The Mardi Gras celebration has ended at Rainbow Plantation and it went out with a bang! The final day of festivities began with dinner at the clubhouse. We were served meatloaf (which Mike helped prepare), mashed potatoes and green beans with dessert being a slice coconut cake. That was only the beginning. Of course before we ate the king and queen were paraded into the clubhouse wearing their royal attire. Speaking of attire…..it seems many of the Plantation folks dress up for the annual Mardi Gras costume contest. Some looked festive and some looked strange but each had their own style. The judging took place after everyone was finished eating….it was best that way. As soon as the costume judging was completed there was a declaration read by Darrell stating that the king and queen would be banished from the kingdom and out of nowhere some strange folks appeared wearing even stranger sports attire. These folks made sure our current king and queen were taken away so the next king and queen could be announced next year for the new theme of “strange sports” or something like that. I’m not sure I ever got the exact title. With the king and queen banished from the kingdom the band began to play.

This has been an amazing five days of fun and frolicking by everyone. Mike and I have really enjoyed participating in the fun of Mardi Gras and now we can honestly say we understand this celebration better because we have experienced it….wow, isn’t that what this lifestyle is all about…. .experiencing things first hand and learning more about different cultures and making lasting friendships. We certainly accomplished that in the past few weeks.

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