After a two year break the Krewe of Lafcadio Hearn returns to New Orleans’ carnival. This is a small walking parade that begins and ends within the French Quarter. They only have one throw: wooden kitchen spoons.
Chef Leah Chase (RIP) gifted me one of these valuable tools when she reined over the krewe in 2017. “Use this to stir your gumbo baby,” she purred.
2023 Krewe Of Lafcadio Hearn Parade
Saturday February 18th
“Times are not good here. The city is crumbling into ashes. It has been buried under a lava flood of taxes and frauds and maladministrations so that it has become only a study for archaeologists. Its condition is so bad that when I write about it, as I intend to do soon, nobody will believe I am telling the truth. But it is better to live here (New Orleans) in sackcloth and ashes than to own the whole state of Ohio.
– Lafcadio Hearn, circa 1877