All Joy



ll smiles. That’s what Mardi Gras is about. There is a certain level of joy and celebration that is always present during the parade season.

In the past few years, before the shut down last year, some weird things have happened. Most of that is caused by exuberance or stupidity, depending on who you talk to.

I suppose that’s to be expected. But, still, stay safe out there.

I made this picture as Krewe du Vieux was just starting to get organized, before the parade actually rolls. As you know, that’s where I like to work. There are pictures everywhere calling out to me.

That’s not to say there aren’t pictures along the route but the crowds are large and it’s pretty hard to get the street. Whenever I break through the crowd I usually get yelled at. I tell the yeller that I’ll be gone in 30 seconds. For some that’s way too long.

The idea is to make a few pictures and not upset anyone along the way. Sheesh. It’s Mardi Gras. Have a good time.

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at or For a quick look at my work please go to

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