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Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans

By Mahons On February 13th, 2018

Today is Mardi Gras Day. A spectacle in New Orleans, the City that Care Forgot. The drums, the parades, the dancing, the good times rolling. Uptown New Orleans the families have set up their step ladders and traditional spots along the parade route to catch beads and trinkets. People sharing food, impromptu bands set up and play or march in small groups through the crowds. Dowtown drunken tourists infest Borbon Street and get on the Cops program. But uptown a mix of all kinds of people enjoy the day and each other without the same fuss and hooliganism. The parades have been increasing in size for weeks now, the festive torch bearers lighting the way at night. It all culminates on Fat Tuesday with the party that closes the City. By nightfall it will be over, and people will return to reality. But not before the costumed joy, laughter and fun that help keep the magic City magical.

4 Responses to “Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans”

  1. It almost, I said almost, rivals New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Spectacle.

  2. I’ve never been to Mardi Gras, since people tell me it’s a ” drink as much as you can as fast as you can ” festival, which I want no part of.

    But New Orleans, warts and all, is a place that I like and want to return to soon, maybe around Jazz Fest time.


    Lots of famous acts, lots of unknown acts that are ten times better than the famous ones.

  3. The Jazzfest would be nice.

    I’ve never been to the city during Mardi Gras, but I was there before the flood and I loved the Architecture of the old buildings.

  4. Springsteen performed at the first Jazz Fest after Katrina, and was important to him

    The stakes were high that day for both Springsteen and the city. Not only was this the first Jazz Fest following Hurricane Katrina — with much of the city still in tatters, and much of the populace still raw and shell-shocked — but it was also the first public performance of the Seeger Sessions Band, which Springsteen first assembled to record songs by folk legend Pete Seeger.

    “I finally had a band that I felt would contextually fit Jazz Fest,” he writes. “I understood the great symbolism the festival would have to New Orleans that year and I wanted to make sure we honored it.”

    He goes on to describe how he researched “When the Saints Go Marching In” and turned it into a “meditation” informed by the song’s lesser-known lyrics: “It was a quiet hymn, the way we presented it, but it was our thanks and our prayer for the city that had birthed blues, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll and so much of the most epic American culture.”


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