‘Mardi Gras Tim’ Honors Carnival Year-Round With Festive ‘Shorty’ Bus

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO)- A New Orleans man has a Mardi Gras-themed mini-bus … and even a tattoo of Mardi Gras beads on his chest!

Bet you can’t find someone who loves Mardi Gras more than Tim McGuire.

“I am Mardi Gras Tim,” he said.

“My dad is a tattoo artist.  I got these bead tattoos, one each year,”  McGuire said.

Mardi Gras Tim’s Carnival spirit doesn’t end with his permanent ink beads.  Let’s meet his “Shorty” bus.

“It’s my 1970 Volkswagen.  It has purple, green, and gold lights underneath.  It has wheely bars, and take a look a all the stars on the ceiling,” he said.

The “Shorty” bus makes people smile.  When the “Shorty” bus isn’t making people smile on the streets, it can be found parked on St. Charles Ave. and Milan Street.  It’s even been featured on TV’s “Treme” and “Miami Ink”.

Mardi Gras Tim said, “I guess Shorty needs an agent.  It’s open for opportunities.  If somebody calls then I entertain the idea of renting it out.”

Don’t mistake his ride for another famous bus.

“It’s not Scooby Doo’s Mystery Machine.  It’s a Volkswagen.”

One thing that is definitely no mystery is Mardi Gras Tim’s love for New Orleans.

“I’m originally from Ohio, but I came to Mardi Gras when I was 19 and stayed.”

“It’s fun here.  You can’t compare it to anywhere else,” he said.

Expect to see the “Shorty” bus and Mardi Gras Tim riding in the Krewe of Little Rascals parade.

If you’d like to rent his mini-bus, e-mail him at mardigrastim@mardigrastim.com.