Episode 28 Part 3: Having a ’97

It’s the grand finale of our three part review of Mardi Gras 2017.

We learn about Varg’s Box Of Wine Appreciation Society and Varg learns a little bit what it’s like to be in charge of children who are not his own.  Do you get too drunk on Lundi Gras?  Sometimes it can’t be helped. Jeff and Alli talk about seeing Proteus and Orpheus. Somehow, Varg is, again, in charge of some kids.

Finally we get to Mardi Gras Day when everywhere else except for in certain neighborhoods, it’s just Tuesday.  Varg talks about what it’s like to have”costume commitment” and about what it’s like to “have a ’97.” Also, there was lots of “gattin’ it” at the Deurty Boys gallery.

Alli spends Fat Tuesday with the St. Anthony Ramblers. We learn about life saving hot dog sandwiches, something about the “beautiful expression of public space and collective action” and/or just being tipsy in the Quarter when the music is playing.  Apropos of Bart Everson’s The Heart Of Carnival  column, Jeff talks about what the Carnival pageant reveals about the city. Lance talks about throwing a doctor out of the gallery.

Jeff spends Fat Tuesday uptown with Zulu, Rex, and the Wild Magnolias. Jeff doesn’t costume. Alli wants to go to the Rex ball. We end the show talking a little about the class politics of Carnival. Everyone agrees that this was a good one. Maybe not “a 97” exactly, but what can be?

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Episode 28 Part 2: Full Contact Mardi Gras

Part Two of the Hunkerdowncast Mardi Gras review.  In this bit we learn about Varg’s foster parenting abilities, the art of parade staging, where to find the best Korean food from some white guy, and where to buy an orange daiquiri that might actually be red.

Also, we ask which parades made the worst jokes? Which parades made the best jokes? Which parades were the most racist?  Why did every parade make a Mike Yenni joke? Is Nyx a Superkrewe yet? Was that really Andrew Ridgely in Muses? And what was the deal with Phil Collins anyway?

Here is a NOLA.com article about planning your parade party.  Alli talks about her very nice Endymion party.  Varg talks about how much he hates the Endymion shit show. Endymion is closely bound up with the Krewe of Chad’s origin myth.  As it happens, a Chad ran over some people at Endymion this year. An Advocate photographer was injured during the ensuing mess

More parade talk: Jeff explains Iris’ “100th” year and tells us that Tucks is underrated generally. Varg explains the Chad Family Tree.

Did you make a costume? Do you still have hot glue burns?  When is the “Peak” day of Carnival season?  Jeff talks about riding in Thoth. We discuss some examples of “divisive” throws. Alli finishes Sunday by watching the Oscars.  And that’s where we leave it until Part 3.  Phil Collins plays us out.

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Episode 28 Part 1: Zero Sum Games of Fun

Okay here we go with our (now annual) Mardi Gras retrospective.  We got together on a Saturday night at Jeff’s place to drunkenly and exhaustively go through every last minute of it. We recorded over three hours of material.  As a favor to you, the listener, we’ve broken them up into more manageable bites. The plan was to go chronologically through the season. For the most part, we stuck to that.  This first chapter takes us from Krewe Du Vieux through the first weekend of parades.  The final bit here is a discussion of the #KreweOfChad.  Here’s a quick rundown of topics.

  • There was a movie called The French Quarter. It starred a young Becky Allen
  • A Port-O-Let shot somebody
  • Alli’s great time at  KDV failed to grab Trump’s attention
  • Femme Fatale is a great parade
  • Freret and Alla are not so great parades
  • Alli loves Chewbacchus
  • Lance hates Chewbacchus
  • Barkus is probably a bad idea
  • There are too many parades on Sunday
  • Alla is garbage
  • There is an actual Krewe of Chad parade
  • The sociology and politics of Chad

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