Our very own blog member is in the picture taken at Commander’s Palace with Pete. His report of Mardi Gras is as follows:
Mardi Gras went well with tremendous weather (low 70s, not a cloud in the sky, and low humidity). This year Pete Fountain's Half-Fast Walking Club walk paraded as Toy Soldiers. Pete hardly played at all, a run or 2 for the local TV cameras. Tim Laughlin carried the yeoman’s portion of the parade.
Additional Mardi Gras from local press:
Clarinetist Pete Fountain will kick off festivities on Fat Tuesday, leading more than 200 members of his Half-Fast Walking Club through the city streets. Fountain said this is the largest group in his club's 49-year history.
"There's a lot of us this year, from all over the country," he said. "It's always a lot of fun."
Though celebrities have joined Fountain in the past, among them jazz singer Frankie Laine and actor John Goodman, Fountain said this year no big names will be marching. But, "each one of my guys is a celebrity," he said with a chuckle.