RT brought the Mardi Gras spirit to convention goers last night with larger than life floats, a parade, and a dance party. Romance authors tossed coveted purple, gold and green beaded necklaces into the fan-filled crowds–and all the crowd had to do was cheer, scream, and show their… enthusiasm! (Yes, enthusiasm. Keeping it classy!)
After the parade, the party-goers celebrated in the main events space, complete with amazing live music and local cuisine, with each dish sponsored by a different publisher. It was the perfect spot for convention goers to get the ultimate food tour in a single night–gumbo, jambalaya, beignets, rice and beans–everything your stomach needs to know about New Orleans!
Here are some teaser pics–for the full gallery, check out our Mardi Gras Facebook album!
J. Kenner and Gina Wachtel, Ballantine and Loveswept Publisher, led the charge on the Random House mobile float, with the Random House publishing team entourage following on foot. Lauren Layne, Ashlyn Macnamara, Shelley Ann Clark, Lea Griffith, Jamie K. Schmidt, and Molly O’ Keefe held court on Random House’s huge pink floral-themed float.
In town for the show or plan on visiting? Get the full Mardi Gras experience year-round! Mardi Gras World. 1380 Port of New Orleans Pl, New Orleans, LA 70130. (504) 361-7821.