Nola and Back

Nola and Back

Andy Cohen shares tales from Mardi Gras.

What a fun weekend. It started Friday when we taped the Top Chef reunion show in Manhattan. That was a lot of fun -- the final four episodes of the series are blow-away. That afternoon I hit the road for New Orleans with Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos and Anderson Cooper to join them in Saturday's Endymion Parade.

The moment we landed we discovered that the Parade had been rescheduled for Sunday night due to rain, and I rebooked a ticket for Sunday morning so I could get home in time for last night's O.C. premiere and WWHL with Vicki and Tamra. All was not lost, though, because we had a rollicking couple days in the Big Easy.

On Saturday night we took part in the Extravaganza Parade at the New Orleans Convention Center, which for me was a half-hour taste of what a real Mardi Gras parade feels like. It was an all-out blast throwing beads and jamming to the band on our float. Anderson set up kind of a mise en place station on the float where he got his beads ready to toss. The man knows what he is doing on a Mardi Gras float! Here's Kelly and I "getting ready" with our beads.


And here is the view from the float as we were entering the parade:


Mr. Cooper could run for mayor of that town; he is certainly beloved, and definitely knows where to go. We had two spectacular dinners, Friday night at Brigstens and Saturday at Upperline -- I haven't eaten food that rich in a long time. It was all delicious. Everything tastes better in New Orleans!

When I got back (to the rain) I did a few hours of work at my place and headed to the Clubhouse for a very fun night with Tamra and Vicki.  The After Show was very dramatic. (Tamra was unhappy with the poll results), so be sure to check that out.

Fun new episode of Bethenny Ever After tonight!

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