Yesterday was full of rain, but today? Today was perfect. The weather was crazy sunny and warm and humid. I turned up some music and sped up St. Charles on my way to work. It felt so good, my dress and sweater blowing in the breeze. On my way home I just happened to run in to a parade! The Krewe of Thoth was doing their annual visit to uptown nursing homes, and they just happened to speed by as I was turning out of Tulane’s campus and heading home. Now, as is well known by people who know me and will become increasingly obvious to regular readers of this blog, I absolutely love a parade. Especially one with presents. This one was short and lacking in some of the things that make a really good parade–bands, dancing girls, marching, floats–but it had people in ridiculous outfits and Miller Light and beads. So I stopped my bike, got out my camera, and juggled picture-taking and bead-catching. One rider asked me how I could catch beads without paying full attention. I just gestured to my bike. It’s magic, I said. He laughed, tossed me several strands as his fellow riders cheered my enthusiasm, and rode off. I swung my schwag around my neck, hopped back on the bike, and sped home. More parades on Friday! I’ll be taking my bike.