Magnolias are in full bloom on the Emblem Float.
Lundi Gras brought drenching rains, but somehow the ladies of the Order of Mystic Magnolias (how's that for southern charm?) managed to stop the rain, roll down the streets of Fairhope and get to their magical Ball before the skies opened up again to saturate the streets.
Not a great photo, but the Fairhope High School Color Guard displayed Southern Belle ingenuity by combining cuteness and practicality and marching in their rain boots!
March on belles, march on!
This reveler reminded me of one of my favorite teachers, but everyone knows teachers
stay home, drink hot tea, and grade papers every night.
Because of the heavy rains, the FHS band members were told to ditch the expensive uniforms and come casual. Some took it more literally than others.
The floats reflected the theme of "Razzle & Dazzle: The Roaring Twenties" - celebrating 20 years of the Mystic Magnolias organization.
Wigs, masks and costumes concealed the identity of the Krewe's members. Several ladies screamed out my name to toss me treats, and I couldn't figure out who in the world they were! So much fun!
All floats are custom made and take a full year to plan and create.
The key to going home loaded down with beads, trinkets, stuffed animals and Moon Pies? Make sure you are the cutest girl at the parade!
This sweetie pie was loaded down like a paper plate at a family reunion.
Her Daddy and Mama were helping her carry all the loot and could barely hold it all!
I'm going to stand close to her next year!
Then again, I didn't do such a bad job myself!
Mystic Magnolia Ladies know that cuteness has no age limit.
Roll on, Magnolias!
Until next year, Happy Mardi Gras, Y'all.
You can find this story and other wonderful items of interest at: Savvy Southern Style and A Southern Daydreamer.