Mardi Gras sights and sounds

February 18th, 2010
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The dancers of Giinko Maraschino won the Mardi Gras costume contest top prize of $500, giving back $200 to be donated toward Haiti relief efforts. They’re shown perched on their trailer before the start of the Mardi Gras parade down Nuuanu Avenue.

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Giinko Maraschino’s Summer Partlon.

I’d never been to Honolulu’s Mardi Gras until being called on to judge this year’s Mardi Gras costume contest. I’m just not that interested in milling around with a bunch of drunken, yelling amateurs. It’s funny tho, that Honolulu’s Mardi Gras is much tamer than a normal night in the French Quarter!

People kept mentioning how not crowded it was, but considering all the recent events: Valentine’s Day, Lunar New Year, Superbowl, well, you can see how people might be too tired to get up and out and just decide to stay home and watch the Olympics, “Idol,” or “Lost.”

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It’s much safer at home. I got clobbered when I was taking some video of Eric Chandler and Dr. Angela Pratt throwing beads out of a second-story, and some guy in back of me made a lunge for it! There were more guys than girls with their hands up for beads, and luckily they kept their shirts down, up until 10:30 p.m. at least. That’s when I went home to see if I could catch Johnny Weir skate.

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Music in the street, featuring Taimane Gardner.

There weren’t many costumes to judge—keep that in mind for next year’s competition—because Mardi Gras revolves around wearing as little as possible. The most excitement came with drag queen headdresses as big as their bodies. In the end, Giinko Maraschino won the $500 prize for their performance costumes, but contributed $200 right back to the downtown merchants who sponsored the event, to be donated to Haiti relief.

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Michele Henry in corset and tutu, with Emi Hart, who were also judging the costume contest.

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It’s good to be king, Marco Acosta posed for a photo with Melissa Turner.

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If you didn’t have a mask or the right makeup, face painters were offering their services for $10.

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“Tall Mary” Doeffinger arrived in purple hat and mask.

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I picked up some Mardi Gras beads from Calvin Bowman, left, and Bob Belmes. Later in the evening, Du Vin/Bar 35/Bambu Bar’s Dave Stewart draped me in a strand of silver beads twice my height. It made it look like I had a lot! Never did get my red strand though.

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Speaking of beads, some of the best I saw that evening were around the neck of photographer Kim Taylor Reece. I asked him where he got them, and he said on the street, but which street? I think he was withholding information.

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One Response to “Mardi Gras sights and sounds”

  1. T LeMont Silver:

    Johnnys outfit was a little out there the they had no right to comment on it the way they did.


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