Thursday, November 24, 2005

Mardi Gras to go on

New Orleans has come up with a plan to go on with Mardi Gras albeit with a shortened schedule.

City officials on Wednesday announced a scaled-down plan for next year's Mardi Gras celebration that will still cover both of its traditional weekends but be four days shorter than usual.

The hurricane-battered city's plan is to allow eight days of festivities for the annual pre-Lenten party, and to consider corporate sponsorships to help defray the city's cost, said Ernest Collins with city's Office of Economic Development.

New Orleans badly needs Mardi Gras, for their pocketbooks, their honor, and their souls. There is nothing that better evokes the thought of New Orleans than Mardi Gras and having it go on as scheduled after Katrina's effects almost completely destroyed the city offers the hope and promise that life can return to normal there. Lord knows the city needs the money tourists would bring in. I wish them luck and hope that the government there can keep their corrupted grip off the event.