Throw me something, Coast Guard!

 

 

The Mardi Gras monarch King Rex and his krewe disembark the Coast Guard Cutter Harry Claiborne at Spanish Plaza in downtown to kick off the start of Lundi Gras, March 3, 2014.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Bill Colclough)

The Mardi Gras monarch King Rex and his krewe disembark the Coast Guard Cutter Harry Claiborne at Spanish Plaza in downtown to kick off the start of Lundi Gras, March 3, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Bill Colclough)

 

Another Mardi Gras is in the books for the Coast Guard.

It’s an event unlike any other experienced in the U.S. For many people, Mardi Gras invokes images of packed streets and flying beads. Those people aren’t wrong, but there is tradition in place as well. Tradition that dates back to the 18th century.

Originally celebrated in Mobile, Ala., in 1703, New Orleans has long-since held sway as king of Mardi Gras and has transformed it into the celebration we see today.

Despite rain and cold temeratures, the crowds packed the streets this Mardi Gras season screaming for beads and screaming for the joy of it, and members of the Coast Guard were right in the thick of it.

Every year, local Coast Guard units in the greater New Orleans area participate in the Mardi Gras festivities. This year, those activities ranged from riding on the Coast Guard float in various parades, to delivering the Mardi Gras monarchs, King Rex and King Zulu, aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Harry Claiborne.

“This was my first experience with Mardi Gras,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Grant Boucher, yeoman, 8th Coast Guard District. “Being a side boy for Rex and Zulu will be something that I will always remember. The crowd was deafening. The people in New Orleans love their Mardi Gras.”

For video of the Mardi Gras festivities, click here.

 

The King Zulu and his Krewe depart the Coast Guard Cutter Harry Claiborne from their transport to Spanish Plaza to kick off the start of Lundi Gras, March 3, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Elizabeth H. Bordelon)

The King Zulu and his Krewe depart the Coast Guard Cutter Harry Claiborne from their transport to Spanish Plaza to kick off the start of Lundi Gras, March 3, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Elizabeth H. Bordelon)

 

 

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