Mardi Gras Old Sacramento 2003

We got together with some of the Cruise Critic group in Old Sacramento
for the Mardi Gras Celebration Event.
We're going to New Orleans then a 7 day Western Caribbean cruise
on RCI with most everyone you see.

Looking down 2nd Street

We played tourist and took a horse and buggy ride.

The Cruise Critic Gang at Fanny Anns

From left, Bill (not smiling as usual!), Fred, John and Rich being camera shy (?!!).

The Cruise Critic Gang at Fanny Anns

Rich, Patti and Larry (Ralph & Ted's friend & driver). Bill is either laughing or having convulsions :)

The Cruise Critic Gang at Fanny Anns

Ted (and others). Yes, much beer and food were consumed. And we were just getting started!

(photo by R.Pope)

The Cruise Critic Gang at Fanny Anns

John, Debbie and friend (Sorry, I don't remember her name). Is Debbie having fun ?!!!

(photo by R.Pope)

The Cruise Critic Gang at Fanny Anns

Larry, Rich, Patti with Robin and Mark behind sitting at the bar.

(photo by R.Pope)

Cafe New Orleans

Nice place, restaurant at street level and a nice bar/club in the basement. Larry & Ted at the bottom of the picture.

(photo by R.Pope)

The CC Gang at the Zydeco venue

From left; John, Debbie, Sylvia, Fred (hiding behind Sylvia), Vicky,Rich (showing his best feature?!!!), Patti, Ralph, Ted, Larry (dancing to the music?).

The CC Gang at the Zydeco venue

Same group with Bill (crouching). Rich being uncharacteristically restrained :)

(photo by R.Pope)

The CC Gang at the Zydeco venue

Group again (minus Patti). Rich flashing for beads!!! Okay, enough of the group shots!!!

Tee Fee Swamp Boogie Band at the Zydeco venue

These guys were great!!! Very energetic at 11:00 am.

Tee Fee Swamp Boogie Band

Annie (fiddle) and Maureen (rubboard) trying to liven up the audience.

Tee Fee Swamp Boogie Band at the Zydeco venue

Annie and Maureen working the crowd again.

Hardcore revelers at Zydeco

These women must have been warming up to be "second liners"* in New Orleans!!

*'second line' refers to the people who walk behind the band dancing and partying, the second line of the parade.

Buffalo Soldiers

They had a "camp" set up down near the Discovery Museum with their horses and info about the Buffalo Soldiers of the western frontier.

Pony Express statue

Commemorates the 1,966 mile ride from Sacramento to St. Joseph, Missouri.

Trains

Just a shot of the train yard next to the river. These appear to be locomotives and cars used for the train rides.

Train Museum

Virginia & Truckee No. 12 Genoa Baldwin 1873 4-4-0

Gift 8/1969 of R&LHS, Pacific Coast Chapter. Last operated 5/1979. Restored by CSRM to 4/1902 appearance.

Train Museum

One of the coach cars. Very opulent.

Train Museum

Virginia & Truckee No. 13 Empire Baldwin 1873 2-6-0

Last operated 1931 in NV; gift 8/1969 of R&LHS, Pacific Coast Chapter. Restored by CSRM to 1873 appearance.

Train Museum

Walt Disney's actual Lily Belle train. There was a whole train related Disney exhibit called “The Happiest Train On Earth: Walt Disney’s Backyard Railroad”.

LINKS:

Old Sacramento
California State Railroad Museum
Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society (producers of Mardi Gras in Old Sac)
Buffalo Soldiers
Tee Fee Swamp Boogie Band