Morning show host at C-96.7 KCIL in Houma, La. I've been an actor, radio guy, comedian, TV host, and a playwright, studied opera and love the theatre. My favorite quote in my book, "The only luxury I've never been afforded was the luxury of having luxury."
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It’s said in New Orleans that Mardi Gras is French for throw up in the street, but for my family it was our livelihood.
We made costumes for the wealthy elite who came to our house for “fittings." They would try on their elaborate costumes that tourist from all over the world would travel to see. I learned never to park in someone’s driveway because the rich thought they owned mine. I had to take three planes, a taxi, and a rickshaw to get home for supper, but “Hey, they pay our bills.” That’s what my mother said. Actually, it was “Larry, for Christ’s sake, they pay our bills. Damn it!”
They not only paid ours, they paid others in the neighborhood as well. During the year, when I came home from school, ladies from the area were in the back of my house cutting large bolts of velvet, piecing together costumes, gluing rhinestones, and decorating what the riders of those parades would be wearing.
I remember them being so beautiful. Purple, green, and gold, satins, lame’, sequin braid in different widths, all busily finding their way into something as wonderful as tradition.
Today, I love to see Mardi Graw costumes, vivid bursts of color, knowing what went into my sister designing them, my mother executing them, my older brother delivering them, and me being part of the pageantry of what we call Fat Tuesday.
All hail the revelers, under a starry night or a beautiful sunlit afternoon, for they are kings and queens, maids and dukes, if only for a day.
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