Mardi Gras is a magical holiday that encourages eating, drinking and general knavery (in spite of–or perhaps because of–being a Christian holiday) that exists in order to get everything out of one’s system before Lent (though, of course, no one really factors in that latter part nowadays). So it’s no surprise that a gaggle of Bushwickians calling themselves the Fat Bushes organized a tour to New Orleans for Fat Tuesday.
Basique Beech, one of the lead organizers/partiers of the group was able to give us a handful of telling live tweets about waking up too late to make it to the airport on time and her tireless hunt for the perfect hangover brunch. One tweet even alluded to having sex with a masked marauder: “Fucked some guy with a mask on during Mardi Gras. No condom lol.”
Other in Beech’s crew seemed unresponsive as she passed her cell phone around to give us some sort of commentary or snapshot presented from different Bushwickian perspectives. All we were able to make out over the unintelligible caterwauling was the phrase, “Gotta get back to Bushwick.” Yes, the second one leaves the parameters of this neighborhood, it starts to feel like a long way from home.
Written by Genna Rivieccio