Over 70 special events two weeks preceeding the Kentucky Derby. We stretched a famous two minutes into a month-long...
I love the adage necessity is the mother of invention. And while I don't know that this was exactly necessary, it’s certainly just a fun “lemonade out of lemons” idea that who knows – might just become a permanent thing.
I was in New Orleans for the Mardi Gras that wasn’t this year. There were no parades, no parties on Bourbon Street, no real action in the French Quarter at all due to the lingering pandemic.
A couple of us gals had the opportunity to stay at a friend’s condo, so we jumped at the opportunity just to have a change of scenery. And we knew the restaurants would be open!
What we discovered was also a city trying to make the best of an age-old tradition in a covid-friendly way. Yardi Gras was their answer. From the Quarter to the Garden District, people went all out decorating their homes as if Mardi Gras floats.
It was so fun to walk around and see all the creativity from simple home-made decorations to all out event-decorator quality stage productions in front yards.
We thought what a fun way to celebrate the spirit of an event even when not running at full tilt. Then a sighting of what surely must be called “the Derby House” led me to sharing this idea with the folks at the Kentucky Derby Festival and Pegasus Porch Parade was hatched.
We’re already decorating for spring right? It’s the time of year where everyone’s getting the yard ready for a Derby party. Most folks have a red rose wreath for the door or a jockey silk flag displayed. Why not kick it up a notch?
Maybe those homes in Crescent Hill have Derby hats for the ghosts and goblins that make Halloween on Hillcrest so spectacular? What neighborhood will step out the most? Those shotguns from Germantown to Portland sure look a lot like the French Quarter. The original Olmsted-designed Parkways from Eastern to Southern would make great drives to see the décor.
I grabbed some simple props and fabric from Hobby Lobby for my “attempt”. Still working on it! But some companies have stepped up to offer professional help. Check out www.spiritofderby.com for professional designs and Yard Derby for custom décor. You have the entire month of April to get in the game to showcase your #DerbyFestivalSpirit.
Show off your best #PegasusPorchParade effort on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
And cheers to a modified, but still memorable Derby season!