The grand finale party is one I will never forget!  Stampin’ Up! outdid themselves for this one!  When we arrived at the party, we were each given a mask, umbrella, and feather boa.  I wore all my beads I collected…32.

#stampinupbackstageErica & me

#stampinupbackstageConnie & me

Then, they had a live band and costumed people march through the room, and we were instructed to follow them.



We followed them out of the hotel and into the street and then down the street until we realized we were doing our own Mardi Gras parade!!!  The hundreds of us wound down several streets with our live music, pumping our umbrellas, marching/dancing to the rhythm, throwing beads to the gathering spectators, and having the time of our life!




#stampinupbackstageEnd of parade and back into the hotel

Then, we went back into the hotel and they fed us a buffet of different food stations around the room, and provided a DJ with dancing.  I did several line dances and general dancing…all great fun!

#stampinupbackstageSausage included crocodile

#stampinupbackstageScott & me

I can’t wait until the next in person event which is this November.  It’s called OnStage Local, and we have one in Arlington, very close to where I live. 

I had a great time reconnecting with everyone, but most of all, I will remember that parade forever…it was a huge wow!  Thanks Stampin’ Up!

Happy Stampin’


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