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Mardi Gras Sail Feb 13

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Ship 502 and Ship 468 met up on Saturday to attend the annual Galveston Mardi Gras Parade. But rather than taking a car down to Galveston, the sea scouts arrived in style aboard 468’s sailing vessels Gremlin and Venture.

The conditions for Saturday’s sail included frigid temperatures and a clear sky. The light wind afforded Venture the opportunity to test out its flamboyant, hot pink spinnaker (bottom right).

The two vessels made it to Galveston in time to observe the latter portion of the Strand’s Mardi Gras festivities. Although the parade had already come and gone, there was no shortage of excitement or beads in the crowd. While Ship 502 drove back to Houston on Saturday, Ship 468 spent the night at GYB to sail again the next day.

It is also worth noting that at the end of the ship event, there was a slight difference in opinion among our members. Of the two Galveston parade locations (the Strand and the Sea Wall), our ship has traditionally attended the Sea Wall’s Mardi Gras event. And while everyone agreed the Strand’s Mardi Gras celebration was a fun and enjoyable experience, some felt that the extent of the crowd’s revelry was a bit inappropriate for sea scouting. “The Strand was a little too crazy for me,” reported a 502 member. “I would have prefered to have gone to the Sea Wall Parade.”

Others, however, had no problem at all with the atmosphere of Galveston’s Strand.

In any case, some members expressed that next year, in order to make the event more enjoyable for all, it may be wise to consider opting for the parade that perhaps does not cater to quite as an inebriated a crowd.


Written by ship502

February 19, 2010 at 21:35

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