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Jan 12, 201810:43 AM
Joie d'Eve

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Tween Tips

Ruby, 11, offers her best tips for having a fun, safe Carnival season

Ruby, as previously noted, is my Carnival super-fan.  I like to hit the smaller parades and Endymion, but I burn out quickly. Georgia, who isn’t the biggest fan of loud noises or big crowds, likes the idea of parades but is typically ready to leave almost immediately. My husband and my stepson are definitely not parade-people.

But Ruby? Ruby lives for Carnival time. She loves the floats. She loves the marching groups. She loves the chaos and the color and the thrill of running after a good throw.

And so, while I have my own list of Carnival survival tips, I thought I’d ask Ruby, who is now 11 and has gone to parades since she was 9 weeks old, for her suggestions for having a successful Carnival:

Eat as much King Cake as you can get away with. I think, in a day, my personal record is 15 pieces – but I spaced it out over the day. Right now, I’m at the stage where I eat a piece for breakfast every day and then a piece for an after-school snack and then a piece for dessert. Sometimes I have some at school, too, if someone brings one. My mom says I’m going to get sick of it, but it hasn’t happened yet.

Muses shoes are the best throws, followed by Zulu coconuts. I personally like catching glass beads – they’re rare, which makes them more special.

Watch where you’re going! One time, I walked into the corner of a trash can on the parade route on Lundi Gras and cut open my eyebrow, and there were so many germs inside the cut that the doctor gave me this super-strong antibiotic that made my whole mouth go numb.

Always try to make friends along the parade route because you’re going to have to use the bathroom at some point.

Give beads away to people. Especially people not from here or little kids. Giving them beads will make their day, and we have too many beads already. You can also donate beads to the ARC – catching them is the fun part, not having them.

You have to wear comfortable shoes and a comfortable outfit because you’ll be on your feet all day and walking a ton. Once, when I was about 9, I made the mistake of wearing high heels because I wanted to look cute, and I got like 25 blisters, and it sucked. Not doing that again.

If you don’t get something on one float, don’t be upset. The next great thing might be on the very next float.



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Living, loving, laughing, and learning in the new New Orleans


        Eve is further proof, if any is needed, that New Orleans girls can never escape the city. After living here since the age of 3 and graduating from Ben Franklin High School, Eve moved to Columbia, Mo., where she received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Missouri School of Journalism and became truly, unhealthily obsessed with grammar.She had originally intended to strike out to New York City and work in the cutthroat magazine industry there, but after Katrina, Eve felt a strong pull to return home, to her roots, her family, her waterlogged and struggling city – and a much more forgiving work atmosphere that would allow her to skip a routine of everyday makeup and size 0 designer label business suits and enjoy the occasional cocktail or three with an absurdly fattening lunch. She moved back home in January 2008 and lives in Mid-City with her two daughters, Ruby and Georgia; her stepson, Elliot; and her husband, Robert Peyton.Eve blogs about the joys and struggles of living in post-Katrina New Orleans, the unique problems and delights of raising a child in such a diverse and challenging city – including her experiences with the public education system – and her always entertaining and extremely colorful family.Eve has won numerous writing awards, including the Pirates Alley Faulkner Society Gold Medal, the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence award for column-writing and Press Club of New Orleans awards for her Editor’s Note in New Orleans Homes & Lifestyles and for this blog, most recently winning the award for "Best Feature Affiliated Blog."She welcomes comments, advice, empty flattery, recipes, drink invitations and – most especially – grammatical or linguistic debates.




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