Friday, January 2, 2009

A New Years Parade: Family Fotos

Deborah of Pictures Pots and Pens is hosting Family Foto. Please visit her blog for other family pictures.

This time last year we were in Rome. We traveled with the Big Easy Jazz Ambassadors. They performed Dixieland Jazz music in two parades while we were there. This is a picture of some of the band members with an Italian villa in the background.

Those that were not band members participated in the parade by wearing Mardi Graz masks and throwing beads to the crowd.

My husband and I waiting for the parade to start with our beads....

This little Italian man really got into the music. He danced with lots of the ladies, but got a little too frisky with one or two of them. We nicknamed him the "DIM" for Dirty Italian Man! LOL

We had such a great time traveling with this group. Hopefully, we will have a chance to travel with them again in the future.

Thanks for stopping by, and have a great day!


Bo said...

Hi Diane...what fond memories for you...I had to laugh about frisky old "Dim"...;-) Bo

Darlene said...

What stayed away from dim didn't you?!?! lol!!!

SmilingSally said...

Ah, those Italians! (You know, Johnny's parents were both born in Italy!)

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Hi Diane, All your pictures from your vacation have been fantastic! Looks like it was a wonderful trip! Maybe one day I will make it there myself! Sure would love too! :) ~hugs, Rhonda

Dawn said...

It looks like you had a wonderful trip! How fun...well except for the DIM. :)

Do you plan on going back again? I am not a traveler and am happy to stay put!!

take care,

Teresa said...

Hi Dianne,
Now that's how you bring in the New Year! Looks like so much fun.


Montee said...

That does look like a lot of fun! Happy New Year and may you have safe travels in 2009.

Michele said...

Oh Diane ~ that sounds like so much fun! And DIM...what a cutie tho!


Anonymous said...

Good Morning Diane
More great pictures of your trip this time last year....what a cute mask you're wearing. You saw such wonderful things and even a "DIM"..*lol*.
Thank you for sharing such great memories of your trip.
Have a great day.

Deborah aka Miss Bee said...

That looks like a great time! Looks like DIM was trying to break right in on that couple in the last photo.

Great photos!
Thank you, Diane!

OH! I love your header photo of Conner and Cooper!

Malisa said...

Great photos! What a wonderful trip! Sounds so much fun...complete with dirty old men!


Anonymous said...

Wonderful and very colorful Diane.
We took your advice and saw Benjamin Button. Fantastic movie. I had not brought a kleenex with me so had to smudge my nose on my sleeve or was it R.J.'s sleeve lol Loved it and thanks for the tip.
Claudie from Canada

Beth at Aunties said...


I am enjoying seeing your Rome pictures. Have I already told you our son and his cousin served a service mission there for two years and it is fun to see Italy and I can see why he fell in love with the people and the country. In fact, he now feels part Italian and is an excellent Italian cook Italian style!

Happy New year my friend!



Could that DIM just be a really, really friendly Italian ambassador? LOL

Great photos!

Shelia said...

Hi Diane! I love Rome and this looks like you had a great time. I hope that old fiesty Italian guy didn't get too close to you - he could have pinched your bum!! lol
Thanks for the wishes for my Mother.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Shelia said...

I just wanted to come back and say how much I love your ID picture - you're so cute!
Still be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a hoot! This looks like so much fun! I would love to go to Italy, and this costumed festival would be the place to go. I'm so glad you got to go on this trip. And I love you sharing it with us.


Sheila :-)

Shell in your Pocket said...

How fun!! I love parades!
-sandy toes

April said...

What awesome pictures, Diane! Sure looks like you had a fabulous time! I'm jealous!!!

Rhondi said...

Hi Diane
Just stopping by to wish you a happy new year. Hope 2009 is a full of love, joy and laughter. It looks like you had a wonderful time in Rome. We were there years ago and I would love to go back someday.
Hugs, Rhondi

Joanna said...

Happy New Years! Looks like the parade was great!

Anonymous said...

Diane, that sure sounds like a great fun time. Watch out for the dirty old men. LOL.

We are in Atlanta for a couple of days visiting my sister. sorry I haven't been able to visit sooner. Love your photos today and I love to read about your traveling experiences. Thanks for your visit and comment today. I don't know what tomorrow will bring for posting.


Anonymous said...

Adorable Diane!!!I love it!
What fun you all are having!!!


Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I loved this post Diane! Those "DIM" are a fiesty bunch aren't they? God bless their vigor -- lol!

I loved Rome -- such a wonderful city with so much variety.

Hugs, Pat

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I would love to travel with this group! How fun. Reminds me of New of my favorite places for sure. Hoping to head there this year for Jazz Fest (Mardi Gras in NOLA is just a little too...well, a little "too" for me. :-)