Carnival Week 2007: Friday morning

The Krewe of Abeona rolled in their debut parade Friday morning! With The Paulin Brothers Brass Band swinging us down the street and our director, Emmy, leading the way (boa and all!) kids, parents, siblings, and friends of Abeona strolled down Oak Street.The kids rode in wagons and strollers, each decorated in impressive themes. Will rode in the SS Kate, a pirate ship fashioned over his stroller. Kate was also in pirate gear (under her fuzzy coat, it was a chilly 40 degree morning) but slept in her stroller for almost the entire parade (Laura was kind enough to push her!) The kids brought their own throws — teachers handed out the Golden Nunu’s to Oak Street shopkeepers, many whom had donated food and supplies for the “ball” we held following the parade. Will threw stuffed toys, beads (we put them in baggies to prevent the frustration of tangles), and cups that Laura and I had labeled “Abeona House 2007.” (Will is about to throw one of those cups in the pictures below.)
Shopkeepers, neighbors, and other fans showed up to cheer us on. In the picture below is Mr. Jacque Imo, himself, wearing a Golden Nunu and talking to Will. Will threw him a cup and some beads — and blew him a kiss. Below is Miss Norma, Oak Street’s “Queen of the (snow)Ball!”
More pictures of our parade route… these are some general shots (I am trying not to use photos that heavily feature other people’s kids!) and the rest will be linked from the Abeona House website later this week.

After the parade, we had the Krewe of Abeona BALL! Food from Oak Street merchants, a toast by our Queen and King, and lots of fun for all! Paul actually took a picture of me in all the excitement… Recognize a theme? I guess nursing is the only time I sit still long enough for a photograph!