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We took a little detour and went to Cut and Shoot - yes it's a real place, though not as exciting in the flesh so to speak.
Anyway all this makes my piccies - taken to try and distract my mind from where we actually were - rather tame.
Well, we negotiated it safely and are now camped beside a bayou in Kemah. Being 'Fat Tuesday' we were just in time to catch the last parade of Mardi Gras in Galveston. We went over to the island in the afternoon to give us a chance to look around before the parade in the evening. We found Galveston very reminiscent of New Orleans, lovely old buildings - statues of the past, balconies overlooking the streets and the quaint shops that lined them.
In the harbour and indeed on the drive down, evidence everywhere of the petrochemical industries all along this coast.
We wandered past the floats as the 'Krews' made their final touches before setting off.
As the crowds gathered and streets were closed the atmosphere began to build, we chose our spot and waited. We were not disappointed, the floats were spectacular, the crowd good natured. We stretched our hands skywards like everyone else in the hope of catching some of the beads that are traditionally thrown from each passing float. Well, when in Rome...We didn't have to try very hard as the multitude of strings rained down upon us!
We drove home heads bowed under the weight of our finery, two satisfied tourists
Have a look at the album for some interesting shots...