On Saturday, I photographed the Arcata Playhouse’s Mardi Gras Ball member appreciation party. I grew up in Southeast Texas celebrating Fat Tuesday, but haven’t been in several years. The party at the playhouse took me back.

Gregg Moore plays in horn ensemble Bandemonium outside of the playhouse before a parade around 9th Street.

Amy Tetzlaff dances during the Mardi Gras party.

Harper Schwab watches the Mardi Gras party.

Joanne McGarry dances doing a parade outside of the Arcata Playhouse.

Bandemonium leads the parade.

Ryan McCutchan and Vasilisa, 3, peeks on the owl.

Bayou Swamis drummer Tim Gray playing zydeco.

Adam Wanden and Shoshanna Rose