In Rio, almost all the parades occur in a stadium, Sambodromo:
But in New Orleans, they wend their way through various parts of the city. I spent 3 1/2 years in Louisiana, so I several times experienced Hurricanes (it's a drink--I still have the glass) and tossed beads (also a few of them, too):
The most popular song in the New Orleans version is "Go to the Mardi Gras." One of my very favorite movies was Black Orpheus (1959), which took place during Carnival in the '50's.
Next Tuesday (February 28) will continue the embarrassing survival series in Arizona and Michigan, with Super Tuesday the following Tuesday (March 6) involving Georgia, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Alaska, Idaho, North Dakota, Massachusetts, Vermont and Virginia. The Hawaii caucus is on March 13, and the Northern Mariana Islands end it all on July 31. By the way, while Rick Santorum has caught up in the polls with Mitt Romney, and actually leads four states to three, he today stands at #4 in secured delegates with 9, compared to 91 for Romney.
How did she do it? According to her mother, this shy girl just sat at a street corner in Dearborn, Michigan, every day during the cookie selling season and did her best. No great network system, no help, except from her mother.
rated #1 in the NBA, wile the Knicks are #10. There are rumors that both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama might be in the crowd.
In Performance at the White House: Red, White and Blues" on PBS this coming Monday, February 27 at 9PM eastern time. He was handed the mike by Mick Jagger and came through with "Sweet Home Chicago," joining B.B. King. Will President Obama make an appearance with Al Green on American Idol?
Academy Awards on ABC at 7PM ET, hosted by Billy Crystal, his ninth time. I can't believe that The Artist will win more Oscars than it should. This was a very creative but average film. It would be especially terrible if Jean Dujardin beats out George Clooney for Best Actor.
The Dow Jones Industrials slipped 27 to 12,938, while world markets were also mostly down. Gold jumped $21/toz to $1778, while the WTI crude is at $106/barrel and Brent spot at $123/barrel. Many are predicting $130/barrel by this summer, and Republicans are hoping for $5/gallon gasoline.