Carnivale

@teamfreak16 (41173)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
February 25, 2017 3:32pm CST
It's Carnivale day here in chilly Manitou Springs (36° at the moment,) or, as it's called, "Mardi Gras, Manitou style." The festival itself is fairly simple. Starting at 10:30, one of our three downtown parks hosts the annual Mumbo Jumbo Gumbo Cookoff. This, of course, is a Gumbo contest, with trophies awarded to the top three Gumbo's, with awards for both Best Showmanship and People's Choice. After the Gumbo contest, people begin lining Manitou Avenue for the 1:00 start of the Carnivale Parade, your basic small town version of Mardi Gras. You might get some candy and, more importantly, beads (I got four strands this year, and one piece of saltwater taffy. I almost got a pack of Sour Patch Kids, but I would have had to shove this brat out of the way to get to them first, and people were watching.) The parade begins right in front of our apartment, so we always get some beads. We had about 30 strands each built up, but a cat got to them. Needless to say, we had to start collecting them over today. Naturally, every bar in Manitou has been open all morning, and every one of them will be packed into the evening, especially the ones that offer live music. When we have money, we go, however, this year we stayed home. All in all, it's always a good time, and even though the parade was kind of short this year, more than likely due to the cold, we had fun. (Photo by me)
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@MALUSE (42713)
• Germany
25 Feb 17
36° Fahrenheit or Celsius? What does Gumbo mean, please? I'm not from your country and English is not my native language.
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@TheHorse (71212)
• Pleasant Hill, California
25 Feb 17
It's a soup or stew that comes from the Southern/New Orleans Creole tradition, I think. It often has shrimp and other fish in it. To me, Creole refers to a tradition that involves a mixture of Black American (especially Haitian) and French American cultures.
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@TheHorse (71212)
• Pleasant Hill, California
25 Feb 17
By the way, 36 degrees in Colorado in Winter would be F, not C.
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@MALUSE (42713)
• Germany
25 Feb 17
@TheHorse Thank you.
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@jhechorain (1218)
• Susanville, California
25 Feb 17
This carival sounds like it will be enjoyable for you as well as many others who attend.
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• United States
27 Feb 17
How do you get the candy? :)
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@teamfreak16 (41173)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
27 Feb 17
The people in the parade throw it to you. It usually ends up in the street.
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• United States
27 Feb 17
@teamfreak16 Oh that sounds fun!
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@teamfreak16 (41173)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
27 Feb 17
@infatuatedbby - It's a cool little parade. It's fun.
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@paigea (22453)
• Canada
1 Mar 17
Fun is what really matters. Too bad the brats were getting all the candy. At our local summer parade last year, they threw a few things directly at the adults. Nice caramels and golf balls! The kids were getting a huge amount of candy; just what they need.
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@teamfreak16 (41173)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
1 Mar 17
Golf balls would rock. And I don't even play golf anymore.
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@paigea (22453)
• Canada
1 Mar 17
@teamfreak16 We only play a couple of times per year. I say we are social golfers. Play when visiting family. So, it was nice to not have to spend money on golf balls.
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@teamfreak16 (41173)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
1 Mar 17
@paigea - I mostly played Par 3's. I hit just enough good shots to keep me coming back.
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• United States
26 Feb 17
Looks like so much fun Scott. Thanks for sharing that great photo. You didn't go but it was right outside your front door so no need to go then lolz
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@teamfreak16 (41173)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
26 Feb 17
A little too cold to walk home from the bar!
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• United States
26 Feb 17
@teamfreak16 Yeah it turned blinking cold didn't it? Bet the peanut butter drunks were out though.
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@teamfreak16 (41173)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
26 Feb 17
@TiarasOceanView - Oh yeah, quite a few drunks came back by later in the evening. They are always entertaining, since I've been one.
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@TheHorse (71212)
• Pleasant Hill, California
25 Feb 17
Sounds like fun! I bet the scads of topless women there are looking forward to their hot cocoa.
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@teamfreak16 (41173)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
25 Feb 17
I wish. Unfortunately, it's a family friendly event.
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@TheHorse (71212)
• Pleasant Hill, California
25 Feb 17
@teamfreak16 Heh heh. I figured that. Have you seen this meme? It's cute.
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@teamfreak16 (41173)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
25 Feb 17
@TheHorse - I haven't seen that one. That's funny!
@allknowing (68894)
• India
2 Mar 17
There is a similar thing in Goa (India) just before lent.
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@teamfreak16 (41173)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 Mar 17
Probably even more fun than this. This is just a small town thing.
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@allknowing (68894)
• India
2 Mar 17
@teamfreak16 There they have the Portuguese influence and so must be good
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@rebelann (42511)
• El Paso, Texas
27 Feb 17
Gumbo, hummmm, I can't recall the last time I had gumbo but it's been decades. Looks like I better see how it's made and try to make if for myself.
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@teamfreak16 (41173)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
27 Feb 17
There is a bar in Downtown Colorado Springs that serves an excellent gumbo. The owner is from Louisiana.
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@rebelann (42511)
• El Paso, Texas
27 Feb 17
Everybody loves CO right now @teamfreak16 to my knowledge none of our restaurants serve gumbo, not sure though.
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@jaboUK (54877)
• United Kingdom
2 Mar 17
We have something similar in out town in the summer, minus the Gumbo, and in Spain they seem to have carnivals every other week. We're going there again next week.
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@teamfreak16 (41173)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
2 Mar 17
Ooh, sounds like fun. I never made it to Spain while I was over there.
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• United States
27 Feb 17
Sounds like a blast! :-)
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@teamfreak16 (41173)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
27 Feb 17
It's fun. We didn't do anything but the parade this year.
@PatZAnthony (12871)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
26 Feb 17
It sounds like one of the silly festivals/parades we have here just because we can.
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@teamfreak16 (41173)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
26 Feb 17
You should see the Coffin Races we do each year. It's insane. Thousands of people packed along a section of avenue that isn't even a half mile long.
@JudyEv (130709)
• Bunbury, Australia
25 Feb 17
Sounds like a good time. Are the beads strung into necklaces or bracelets? And do you just like to collect them? (Can't help being nosy)
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@teamfreak16 (41173)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
26 Feb 17
They are necklaces. We keep them and wear them the next year. The more you have, the cooler you are!
@amadeo (70719)
• United States
25 Feb 17
Great and thanks for the photo there.Such fun.Stay sober.LOL
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@teamfreak16 (41173)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
25 Feb 17
Oh, definitely. We aren't going to the bar today.
@JohnRoberts (61386)
• Los Angeles, California
25 Feb 17
Shoot, you should have "accidently" knocked that kid aside! I remember being pummeled by kids after a foul ball which should have been mine.
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@teamfreak16 (41173)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
25 Feb 17
His mom saw me look over at him before I made a move for the candy. I shouldn't have done that!
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@TRBRocks420 (81237)
• Banks, Oregon
25 Feb 17
Sounds a good time to me. Love Gumbo and, sour patch kids lol.
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@teamfreak16 (41173)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
25 Feb 17
It's a fun day. I really wish I could have gotten those SPK's, though.
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