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Question....

I'm making this post public because I'm interested in getting people's opinions on this issue.

New Orleans: Should there be Mardi Gras, albiet a shorter one, this year?

Pros: Pump millions into the local economy when it needs it desperately; symbolic sign that New Orleans will return stronger than ever; Some residents think it would be a good diversion from the hardships they are facing

Negative: Diversion of police and security forces off of guarding neighborhoods to securing Mardi Gras; there are still portions of the city without power and lots of cleanup left to be done; would people actually come to New Orleans; and many evacuees don't feel it would be appropriate to 'celebrate' during a time of great need.

It's a complicated question. I'm just interested to know if there is another perspective that I'm missing?

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russianblue8181
Dec. 12th, 2005 09:24 pm (UTC)
Personally, I think they should go for it, but, if possible, a bit more low-key. I guess that's impossible, though. Still, they should have all of the bars and everything open, and show that the city can still be an incredible tourist destination; the income can only help get everything fixed up faster and more efficiently, I figure.

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