Photo du Jour: Boat Parade on Lake Tishomingo
I am currently seeking rest and relaxation at a relative of my wife's home on Lake Tishomingo-- to the south of St. Louis in Jefferson County, Missouri. One of the traditions here on Lake Tishomingo is the annual 4th of July boat (party barge) parade. Naturally, since we are here, the "New Orleans" theme was decided upon by my wife's relatives. Before I left home, I went up into the attic and grabbed several plastic bags worth of beads to bring up for the parade. Their party barge was done up with purple, green, and gold streamers, decorated with beads, and the City of New Orleans flag was hung on the flagpole. Many of the other "floats" were more elaborately decorated and feature costumed riders, but all they were all doing was handing out waves and smiles at people in other boats and onshore, while our group was throwing out beads to everyone. The banner on the both sides of the party barge predictably read "Let the Good Times Roll" in French and in English as my idea of "New Orleans is not OK" was vetoed as too grim. Gotta send THE message . . . . Everyone I have encountered here in St. Louis to which the subject has been brought up has been supportive towards the rebuilding of New Orleans. Three particular words came up repeatedly with several of these people as they are fully aware of their own city's precariousness. The three words: New Madrid Fault.
(Wow--I forgot how slow dial-up is . . .)
TAGS: Katrina, New Orleans, NOLA, Lake Tishomingo