On Friday February 10th, I got a phone call from the Mayor's Office saying that they decided, in the 11th hour, to have new art painted for the newly constructed stand... but could I design and paint it by Wednesday, February 15th?! When the Mayor's Office calls, it's hard to say no despite whatever else is going on. I had it designed by late that evening and began painting on it Sunday. Everything was completed on schedule, ahead of impending rain.
That Monday, the mayor came by to personally inspect the installation of all the viewing stands, and he was very happy to see the progress. The best part was seeing it on TV on Mardi Gras Day as the mayor danced in front of it with King Zulu, then toasted him and later, King Rex from his newly painted podium.