Mardi Gras in Crestwood

 

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Photo courtesy of Crestwood North Neighborhood Association

What happens when two families come together to create a tradition?  Neighbors spend an afternoon enjoying each other’s company on a gorgeous day!  Crestwood North neighbors and friends gathered in the 5300 block of 7th Court S. on Sunday afternoon, February 26, for the annual Crestwood Mardi Gras Parade.

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Photo courtesy of Crestwood North Neighborhood Association

The annual parade is organized by the families of Marshall Anderson and Win Yerby.  Birmingham police department provided several vehicles to escort the parade participants along the route.

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Photo courtesy of Crestwood North Neighborhood Association

A mixture of pedestrians, some pushing baby strollers or pulling wagons, cyclists and cars made up the parade. Residents came out to see the parade go by and catch the beads and trinkets that were thrown.  Wishes to have a “Happy Mardi Gras!”  were heard up and down the streets.  Mardi Gras music could be heard playing from cars and baby wagons.

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Photo courtesy of Crestwood North Neighborhood Association

“This is a beautiful example of how just a couple of families working together can provide an event that improves the enjoyability of the neighborhood for everyone.”  – Crestwood North Neighborhood Association President, Darrell O’Quinn

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Photo courtesy of Crestwood North Neighborhood Association

The cheerful crowd paraded several blocks over to Crestwood Park where king cakes and a variety of other snacks and refreshments were shared.  Neighbors lingered, visiting and just hanging out, enjoying the beautiful weather.

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Photo courtesy of Crestwood North Neighborhood Association

The park was full of people walking, playing football and other games, playing on the playground –  just out enjoying the day.

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Kristina O'Quinn
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