Samedi Gras Celebration

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Residents in the Historic Oakwood neighborhood got into the Mardi Gras spirit this weekend.

Samedi is French for Saturday and the folks in New Orleans made this the second most celebrated Mardi (Tuesday) Gras party behind Fat Tuesday.  Oakwood neighbors kicked off their first official Samedi Gras Celebration Saturday.

The party included food, beads, masks, doubloons and a glorious parade down North Boundary Street to Leonidas Court.

This first Samedi Gras Celebration was dedicated to Raymond Rodgers, also know as Chef Rameaux, who passed away two years ago.  During his many years as an Oakwood resident, Rodgers introduced Louisiana foods and the New Orleans spirit to his neighbors.  In his honor he was posthumously named the King Leonidas the 1st.   His wife, Peggy Beasley-Rodgers, was in attendance and she said Raymond “would just be thrilled” with this honor.

And the band struck up, “When the Saints go Marching in . . . .”

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4 thoughts on “Samedi Gras Celebration

  1. Thanks to Greg and Rich (and all the other hard working volunteers) for a great day. Can’t wait till next year.

  2. What a great time!!! What a great place we have to live ,,,,,I also want to thank Rich and Greg for the hard work….

  3. Karen, thanks a lot for the coverage: fine story and photos. Thanks to Greg and Rich and special thanks to the other hosts: Madonna, Adrienne, Andrew and Julie. Also thanks to Don Grose for running communications between the houses, thanks to the folks who ran the fun children’s activities and thanks to everyone for coming out and “getting their Gras on”.

  4. Sounds like a great celebration… Glad to see other parts of the city engaging in a great Holiday Tradition… University Park has been the site of many Mardi Gras celebrations – stretching back at least 7-8 years – with one major party and several smaller ones….

    This is a great Holiday and a wonderful tradition of home…