I have long been fascinated with miniatures — of anything, really. I loved all the tiny accessories my Barbies came with when I was little and dutifully kept track of each and every little rubbery high heel she had. I especially loved my Barbie kitchen and all the attendant itty-bitty forks, knives, spoons, glasses and plates it came with. I like anything that’s cut down to the smallest size possible. Not sure why, really, but I just do.
So when I heard about the ‘tit Rex parade — that’s short for Petite Rex — which rolled Saturday in the Bywater, I knew I’d likely just discovered something new to love about New Orleans. Billing itself as the Crescent City’s only micro-krewe, the “floats” in ‘tit Rex live up to their name. They are all miniature, and pulled down the street by pieces of string. And they are masterpieces of the tiny! Such vivid detail and hard work clearly went into all of them. I was so excited to see them all.
And not only are the floats teensy, but they give away miniature throws, as well. No beaded necklaces and unsightly plastic cups here, no. Instead, if you’re lucky, you’ll get lovely little hand-beaded bracelets and tiny “coconuts.” I love this parade!
I was too excited to actually photograph any of the floats, but you can see an example of an amazing one here: http://titrexparade.blogspot.com/