The Mardi Gras tradition is celebrated in interesting ways not just in New Orleans proper, but across Southeastern Louisiana. I had the pleasure of attending the Towahpahsah parade in Reserve, La. on the Saturday before Mardi Gras. Some good friends of mine live on the parade route, and I’m invited every year to partake in the family-oriented festivities.
The Towahpahsah parade is a truck parade, which started in 1984, and rolls through the streets of Reserve. Most of the parade route is comprised of residential streets, so the unique tradition for those who live along the route is to set up a buffet of refreshments on their driveways and invite friends and family to socialize, eat, and watch the parade.
Another unique aspect of this neighborhood is that many residents own golf carts and enjoy riding around in them year-round.
Read more about the Towahpahsah parade’s history, including how it got its distinct name: