I enjoy Carnival for all sorts of reasons and one is how it makes space for people to find each other, either for the first time or for friends and acquaintances to renew bonds. George Williams, aka Loki of Humid City and Social Gumbo, with roots in New Orleans going back to the 18th century, returned a few months ago after three years in Cincinnati, Ohio. During the Pontchartrain parade yesterday, he walked up St. Charles Avenue and found us at First Street. His first Carnival as a resident again, he was trying to get his Carnival legs and find as many friends along the route as he could. He grabbed some beads, made a point to complain that our daughter had passed him in height. Here he is documenting the good times before he rolled along …

Loki is to the right of the angry bird.

More parade pictures here.

Derek Bridges lives in New Orleans, trading in words and pictures. A carpetbagger of long standing, he grew up in the top right corner of IL and later went to college in the middle cornfield part. He has also lived in MS and FL, for educational purposes only, and was diasporized for a time in TX.

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