The daughter and I went down to Galveston today for the Mardi Gras celebration. We went to the Krewe of Barkus and Meoux parade on the Seawall and then strolled the Strand, collecting 30+ strands of beads between us, plus some cups, candy, and a stuffed animal.

The devastation from Hurricane Ike is evident throughout the island, though forgotten by the rest of the world, which finds Katrina a more fitting disaster for some reason.