PASS CHRISTIAN -- The Timber Ridge Women's Club Mardi Gras Parade truly mirrored its theme of Whatever Floats Your Boat -- none of the 10 decorated golf cards and classic cars came close to resembling one another, with the exception of plenty of yellow, green and purple, of course.
Doris Buchert, 87, who helped found the parade in 1995 when there were just three participants, rode in an Oriental-themed golf cart as members of her family doused the 100 or so paradegoers with a variety of shiny beads.
Edward Buchert, Doris' son, said his mother loves Mardi Gras and can't get enough of the festivities. That endearment was evident in her golf cart. While some vehicles had been decorated only hours earlier, Buchert's cart took the better part of three weekends to perfect with paintings of fireworks exploding from the sides.
Other carts featured anything from crab traps and stuffed animals to sea horses and patriotic displays.
Love and heart
Saturday's parade had plenty of heart.
Stephanie Cross, Hailey Ledet and B.J. Ledet, made the trek from Mandeville to honor Cross' grandfather, George Helmstetter, who died Jan. 16. Helmstetter grew up in Metairie but retired to Pass Christian in 2003 and loved attending the Timber Ridge parade.
Several spots up were Sonny and Laura Scardino, waving and tossing stuffed animals to the crowd from the back of Sonny's 1970 Cadillac DeVille convertible. The parade has a special meaning to the two -- they met three years ago following the event.
"He was driving some ladies from the Armed Forces Retirement Home and was the new resident there. I knew one of the ladies, and I said, 'How did y'all get to catch a ride in that fine looking convertible?' Me and my Red Hat ladies ended up visiting there."
"And right after that," Sonny chimed in, "I was hooked."