blue manNew Orleans time? The St. Patrick’s Day parade started at 6 p.m. far away and was expected along Decatur Street. I waited, ate dinner and gave up at 7:30. Headed back after 9 and it was still moving through Bourbon Street. …At 6:15 pm: behind me two people supported a guy who was being violently sick on the crowded sidewalk. In most towns, the cops would arrive. Instead, a guitarist sympathized, “Brother, I know how you feel.” …. … A man whose outfit and beard made him look like a member of the Hogwarts faculty was playing the glass harmonica (Varying sizes glasses and water levels to produce musical tones) on Jackson Square.

He says he’s one of 40 serious glass harmonica players worldwide. “What is a serious glass harmonica player?” a friend wrote in a Facebook post. ”Probably one who can actually play songs,” I responded. … A local in an expansive outfit of blue feathers paraded near St Louis Cathedral looking like an escapee from Mardi Gras or a Mummer’s Band. “Do you do this every day? “ I asked. “I can’t afford to,” he replied … A statue with a priest and Indian chief and founder Sieur de Bienville. is on Decatur Street on the western side of Vieux Carré. One honoring those who make New Orleans what it is, a drunk, a hooker and a voodoo priest, is being considered. … The modern street performers - The acrobatic Dragon Master Showcase had the usual tip buckets and a sign “Like Us on facebook”. … Away from the loud electric bands, overly friendly young ladies, hurricanes and skin places, a young guitarist leaned against a side street building playing authentic Delta Blues. … The terraced flower gardens along Decatur street are populated with prickly green plants and the sign “Keep Off the Grass.” Grass? … Looking out  from one Bourbon Street Balcony, you could see the strings of beads from parades past in huge numbers littering the topside of an awning over well-known bar "Famous Door".



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