2PM: The pre party kicks things off at the Sugar Mill with 1,132 Muses eating, drinking, dancing and singing—all in preparation to ride.
4PM: Next we all load onto our floats and queue up on Tchoupitoulas escorted by police as we wait for the parade to start. Time to start organizing and unwrapping our throws.
6:30PM: Our float number was 26 out of 28 so we didn't start rolling until 8PM. The parade itself starts at 6:30, but between each float a band or marching group is inserted from a side road. These things take time. Slowly but surely the entire parade takes shape.
MIDNIGHT: We arrive back at the Sugar Mill for the after party and by 2AM —a full twelve hours+ later—it's off to bed to dream of the ride all over again. Until next year!