This is a photo of my grandmother, Yvonne Skrainkaon a date with Neil Armstrong yes, the first man to walk on the moonhis friend George, and her roommate at Tulane. I dated Neil Armstrong. My roommate was from Honduras, and her best friend was in the Navy.
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Early on in its decades-long run as a weekly magazine, LIFE turned its eye toward always-enticing, ever-vivid New Orleans and that great city's signature annual event: Mardi Gras. In February,editors sent photographer William Vandivert to the Big Easy to chronicle the carnival, and to show LIFE's readers how one American city — in so many ways a Caribbean, as opposed to a purely Southern, town — maintained a centuries-old tradition of refined debauchery and unalloyed fun in the midst of the Great Depression. The story that ran in the March 14,issue of LIFE, alongside some of Vandivert's photographs, was interesting enough, in its own way.
Photo courtesy Crescent City Auction Gallery. At last count, more than 50 parades and festivities hosted by Krewes fill the 47 days between the Feast of the Epiphany and Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten season. The most sought after — and often the most valuable — vintage keepsakes are the Mardi Gras ball invitations from decades passed.
The first American Mardi Gras was celebrated inbefore the city of New Orleans was even established. By the s, the Big Easy celebrated the holiday with elegant balls. Parades, like this one inwere established at the end of the 19th century.
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Well, it's Carnival time Done in silver tone metal, its rhinestones have the traditional colors of purple, gold, and green. In a rounded crown shape, the pin features trefoil clusters, with a round, bezel set stone, in each of the requisite colors.
Now that February is drawing to a close, we're well into Mardi Gras season— that time of all-out revelry that leads up to Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. And while many communities around the world recognize and observe these festivities, two stand out above all the rest, and have become synonymous with Fat Tuesday: New Orleans and Rio de Janeiro. Both cities' Carnival celebrations start right after the Epiphany on January 6thand build to a maelstrom of parades, music, and masks over the ensuing weeks.