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Mardi Gras '06

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Just figured I'd throw this out there... Since Jefferson Parish claims to have the resources to host any crew from New Orleans, why not offer police protection to Orleans Parish for some parades? Why not do the neighborly thing and lend New Orleans their cops to fill the gap instead of taking their parades? It'd be a goodwill gesture, and a great PR move that would be recognized nationally. I think most New Orleanians would agree that having these historic parades in Jefferson Parish wouldn't feel right. Let's come together as a region, help New Orleans out, and show the world that we are working together to preserve our history and culture. What do yall think?

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I agree.

Seeing these parades in Jeff Parish wouldn't feel right at all. And like you said TSmith, if Jeffereson Parish is claiming that it has more than enough resources to host the New Orleans parades, then why not help N.O. out?

Most of the tourists that will be coming in to Mardi Gras in '06 will be looking to have a great time, see what New Orleans looks like, and help the economy in N.O. move forward. And many major businesses, like Harahh's Casino, are opening up during Mardi Gras. New Orleans not only needs Mardi Gras to show that it is coming back strong, but it needs all of the money and business associated with it. That's another reason, why Jeffereson Parish should help New Orleans out..

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Well, I emailed this idea to Harry Lee. He responded with a nasty email. But, the point he made was that if a krewe were to relocate to Jefferson, the krewe would have to pay the overtime...

Here's the email....

Dear Mr. Smith:

I do not know whether you intended to insult me or not, but I am very upset

with your allegations that we are "Taking Your Parades".

I have my hands full with the parades in Jefferson Parish and I do not need

the aggravation of having New Orleans parades rolling in Jefferson Parish.

Even if they were willing to come up with the overtime, I would have to

charge them, so why would these krewes be willing to pay me and not pay

Orleans Parish?

I believe Mr. Broussard extended an invitation to the Krewes to roll in

Jefferson Parish, but there is no understanding between me and the Parish

Administration on who is to pay my overtime.

I want you to know I am truly offended by your allegations that we are

"Taking Your Parades".

HARRY LEE

Sheriff

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After these new extentions to the '06 Mardi Gras season, and the police volunteers that N.O. may be able to get from neighboring cities, I think all of the New Orleans Krewes will remain in New Orleans.

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I don't mean to butt into your discussion, but after reading an article about the decision to have/not have Mardi Gras this coming year, or shorten it to one week, etc. I thought of a possible solution:

- Why not set the first week aside for a massive cleanup and rebuilding effort (in addition to what's going on now). If people who love New Orleans want to come and party, ask them (nicely) to grab a broom and/or a hammer while they're there.

- Set the second week aside for the traditional Mardi Gras celebration, sort of as a way of thanking the thousands of additional volunteers who would trek there.

It may make the event seem more appropriate and satisfy the civic organizations who don't want Mardi Gras while many Wards are still struggling. It would satisfy business owners and hospitality industry who would benefit from the influx of visitors. Obviously coordinating an effort like that would be huge, but it would be a big PR move for the city and may regenerate interest in the rebuilding efforts thay may be trailing off a bit.

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^I think that an orginizational group againts having a normal Mardi Gras proposed a plan similar to this a few weeks ago. I heard that many people were in favor of trying an idea like this, but I havent heard about that plan since then.

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While I certainly appreciate the need to return to normalcy, and the many valid arguments for holding Mardi Gras, the idea of tourists partying with wild abandon in the midst of human misery strikes me as unfortunate. Perhaps the rebuilding idea could be substitutred for the whole partying thing- at least for this year. Perhaps the parades could have a different, possibly more somber theme? Just a thought. Of course, the same argument could apply to those who would gamble amidst the ruins of Biloxi and the Coast would also apply. The question is certainly interesting

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As Mardi Gras is approaching quickly, I thought it was a good idea for a Mardi Gras thread. I'll have parade routes and info for Mardi Gras across SE Louisiana, as well as some photos. :D

Also, if anyone has any questions about the food, history, or festivities associated with Mardi Gras, you can post it here as well. :thumbsup:

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This may seem like something meaningless to an outsider, but this is great news!

City will conduct towing sweep in Quarter before Mardi Gras

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Belushi and Aykroyd to Marshal Endymion

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I also thought I'd ask some of our New Orleans forumers,(or anyone else who many be attending Mardi Gras) what your plans for Mardi Gras are? I'm going to be attending a few parties in the city, and will be spending plenty of time just enjoying my favorite holiday. :D

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I live just 1 house off of St. Charles Ave

I honestly think that if I lived on or near Saint Charles Avenue, someimes I could spend my whole day just sitting on the porch watching the streetcar go by. :D

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I honestly think that if I lived on or near Saint Charles Avenue, someimes I could spend my whole day just sitting on the porch watching the streetcar go by. :D

Well, I hear it every 15 minutes, but, of course, it's been missing since the storm. I look forward to the day when it rumbles back down the avenue. It's missed terribly by everybody in my neighborhood. The sounds of busses makes me feel like I live near Magazine St.!!! <_<

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The sounds of busses makes me feel like I live near Magazine St.!!! <_<

Well, were down to 11 months until the St. Charles Ave. streetcar is supposed to return, so hopefully those buses will be gone by Christmas, even though that's quite a while away. :thumbsup:

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