March 15, 2012 Erin Sutherland

The Queens of Mardi Gras

Miss Gay Arlington 2011, Diamond D. Bottoms

I love parades. I’ve never been to one before as a spectator, though. Really. I’ve always participated in them or covered them for a news outlet. (Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV does not count.) I’ve also never been to a Mardi Gras parade before, either. So I was really rather excited to go cover one for a few weeks ago.

This was my favorite frame from the evening, but I needed to give it some love – the “I hate sodium vapor lights more than anything in the world” treatment. I really hate them so much. No gray card and custom white balance can fix what they create. Damn the designers who didn’t think about white balances when they made these lights.

Anyway, the picture. The queens. The fun. Yes.

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