Guest post written by Danaka Johnson & being submitted to Eastern Capers, a local newsletter for Gringos:
As the sun rose on Tuesday, February 12th, we all looked up at the cloudy sky and prayed that it would clear up and lend us some sunlight for the Mardi Gras Un-Birthday Mad Hatter Celebration that night. A celebration for all of Los Frailes: gringos and fishermen alike.
We scrambled to finish our hat’s, putting the final touches on them, making a dish for the pot luck, and getting a bit of rest before the party began.
As the sun’s rays turned to gold Ray and Audrey’s place began to expand and we all began to trickle in, a dish to share in our hands and our works of art sitting a top our heads.
Everyone dressed up for one of the few occasions life down here seems to afford us, and relishing in the chance.
Every hat was different, from Dr Seuss to the Party Calendar
The Butterfly Ring to the Fairy Garden
Desert Island to the Birthday Cake.
None of them were the same.
Excited conversation drifted over the tables filling us up as much as the good food shared by everyone. A pasta casserole, cornbread, shrimp, Tamale pie, fried green tomatoes and coleslaw, to name a few.
A song of “Happy Un-Birthday” rose to the golden sky before we finished our feast with dessert (chocolate cake, a trifle, and fruit cakes) and then the Hat Train circled the tables for Judging, everyone laughing, having fun, and ultimately winning together as it should be.
The sun sunk below the horizon and we began to trickle back to our own places. When the sky was dark those of us that remained danced the Two Step or the Cape Breton Squaredance.
A very wonderful Mardi Gras Un-Birthday Mad Hatter Party. One that will reside in our memories for a long time.