Spanish Town Mardi Gras parade

Lt B'ehrmaq reporting

On Feb 21,2009 Lt B'ehrmaq of the IKV Bayou Serpent rode the Babelcon float in the Spanish Town Mardi Gras parade in Baton Rouge,LA. Friday night, the riders met at the float to load up our throws. The float was to leave where it was parked (at the Celtic Society building) at 6:00 a.m. Saturday for the Parade. Instead, because of the humans inability to read a simple clock, we left well after 6:00 a.m. The temperature was just above freezing. The ride over there reminded me of my temporary duty at Rura Penthe. It was over soon enough. The reason for the early departure was that our float was one of the first in the parade. Once we were parked, we had about five hours until the parade started. I was the only Klingon on the float, and the only Klingon in the whole parade. The time was spent harassing and intimidating the feddies and humans there. One human called out to me "Klingon! Live Long and Prosper!" It was tempting to liberate his heart and liver from the rest of his body with my d'k-tagh. However, it was possible alcohol consumption affected his brain. Alcohol consumption or not, I have come to expect such displays of ignorance among the humans. The parade started pretty much on time. One complaint was that the float was overbooked by ten or twenty people. It was elbow to elbow and hip to hip. There was no room to maneuver, hardly any room to get full extension on throws, lots of bumping and jostling. However, everyone was good sports about it. Besides the usual beads, I had Mardi Gras cups with the Bayou Serpent logo pasted on them. The other problem was that unless you were very careful with your throws, the beads tangled worse than a hyperactive 6-year-old trying to roll up a dozen strings of barbed wire. I spent a good deal of my time untangling throws. The crowd had to have been around a hundred thousand! Wow! Lots of them yelled out "Klingon!" or "Qapla!" They got the best throws. We finished in about an hour and the float took us back to our cars. The Bayou Serpent and KAG were represented with glory and honor.