Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Today's Cartoon: New Orleans' First Mardi Gras Since Hurricane Katrina

You know, at first when I heard that New Orleans was going through with Mardi Gras despite the fact that much of the city was still in ruins and most of the population was "out of town", I thought it was a really bad idea (and in poor taste).

But then I made the realization that for all the things that have gone wrong since Hurricane Katrina, Mardi Gras was probably the ONLY thing that New Orleans doesn't have to rely on anyone else (ie. FEMA) for. It's by far the biggest tourist "event" in the entire state; and if it means helping people get people back to work and putting some much needed money into their local economy, then I guess the show SHOULD go on.

Where my real concern lies in all is this, is (as usual) with the "Mainstream Media". The coverage seems to want to spin this year's Mardi Gras as a kind of return to normalcy, when the reality of it doesn't seem like that at all. The people of New Orleans are tired of waiting for assistance to arrive so they have taken it upon themselves to spearhead their own recovery effort, by doing it's best to put itself back to work and to get tourists to come back to the city. They are even having "bus tours" of the destroyed neighbourhoods as a way of earning more money towards the city's reconstruction.

The way I see this year's Mardi Gras is more like the city of New Orleans had to get out of its sick bed and go shake its ass, for the entire country; just so it could pay it's bills and put a little bit more food on its table.

It's kinda like a bake-sale; but instead of cookies and cakes, there are beads, booze and boobies.


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