Things were crazy today, in a good way. I had several nice surprises, some unexpected scrapbooks and a fascinating document from 1920. I’ll need some time to sort that out, though, and I find myself this evening unable to produce my usual elegant prose. I offer instead a series of photographs taken on a 1968 Rice band trip to New Orleans to play in the Mardi Gras parade. These pictures made me laugh for real. There are a lot more of them, and I’ll look at them closely if I survive the centennial.
Everything starts out fine and dandy, as we load up the Continental Trailways bus and get going. You can almost feel the energy and excitement as everyone gathers by the RMC.
Then, New Orleans! Mardi Gras! Woo hoo!
By the time the big parade is over, things are looking a bit . . . rough.
Bonus: Celebrity researcher in the Woodson today, Rabbi Kenny Weiss, Executive Director of Houston Hillel. Note that he brought his own scanner, always a good idea.
Extra Bonus: Here’s the second-to-last weekly centennial video–it’s about the MOB. (Don’t say I’m unresponsive to the public.)