Posts Tagged ‘Z Blade XX’

Mardi Hardy at Rainbow Harbor

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday en  francais is traditionally recognized as the last day of the Catholic tinged Carnival celebrations and is marked by costume donning, normative behavioral dropping, street dancin’, and feasting on fatty fat foods.  Sounds like the ranger’s kind of holiday!  Mardi Gras specifically was brought to the United States by a couple of King Louis XIV’s lackeys checking up on the monarch’s hold of le Louisiane, and was brought to Long Beach by a tow-headed community organizer (and Bixby resident) by the name of Jeff Williams.

True Believer

This Tuesday’s celebrations were the third annual for The Shoreline Village area of Downtown Long Beach, and the second annual attended by your favorite neighborhood ranger.

And, as in last year, the walkways were rampant with pirates…

Ar, be ye mates of Kapn' Kula? Than be walkin' the plank with ye!

…mascots…

Hearty Love

…fellow super-heroes (Z Blade XX it’s been a long time, how are you?!)…

…beauty pageant winners…

Shan Smith, Mrs. Southern CA

…beaded and bedazzled residents…

…and some wonderful ladies from an owl-habitat-preservation group called Hooters!

Woodland Conservationists

…The parade kicked off at three led by Mardi Gras Queen Estro Jen of the Long Beach Skate Shop and Roller Derby

…and Mardi Gras King Blair Cohn.  That’s right, our very own Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association Executive Director!

In addition to the parade there was a shrimp eating contest, face painting station, mask-making station and a 21+ after hours event called Party gras which featured live music sets by The Gumbo Bros., 00 Soul, and Lazy Brad Lewis whose languidness is matched only by his ability to jam.

Brad Lewis: Lazy

All in all a Fat Tuesday to remember!

BEADS! BEADS! GIVE US SOME BEADS!

Photos courtesy of Daniel DeBoom, Justin Rudd, Alissa Sablan, Woody, & Logan Crow.

Mardi Gras and Me

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Hello Ladies

Hot diggity internet amigos!  Let me tell you about the fun I had at Long Beach’s Annual Mardi Gras parade last Saturday!  Brass Bands, Samba Dancers, Roller Girls, Actors, Ice Cream people, and more congregated outside the Aquarium of the Pacific and then paraded forth along Shoreline Village from the Rainbow Harbor tossing beads to all the citizens!  Along the way I ran into my friends from The District Weekly, and Smolarcorp, Met fellow Long Beach superhero, Z Blade XX.  and had some fun with the roller derby girls and the Ice Cream Man.

Still the Best Superhero according to The District, sorry Z Blade XX

Getting the Boogie going
A Soft Spot for the Pooches

Marching Band

Derby Time!

Mardis Gras Celebrators

On the Carousel

All hail the Ice Cream Man
Frightening the Locals:  "Come Up to Bixby Knolls!"

What a fun parade!  Now the only thing left for me to do is head over to the Ragga-Muffins Reggae Festival at the Long Beach arena!

Getting I-ree

Photos courtesy of Blair Cohn and Thomas Wasper.