To Mardi Gras or Not to Mardi Gras?
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina many residents are apprehensive regarding this year's Mardi Gras celebration. Six months after this city was hit by the worst natural disaster in US history, New Orleans looks more like an urban wasteland than a party ground. Now many wonder whether this year's Mardi Gras will be able to breathe new life into the city. An estimated 700,000 party goers are expected to come for the celebration, however many local residents are understandably concerned. "We don't need Mardi Gras, we need to rebuild the city," said resident MacArthur Samuels. "Don't put up lights for Mardi Gras if there is no lights in my neighborhood." On the flip side, city officials are hoping that Mardi Gras will generate 500 million dollars to help reconstruction efforts. Regardless, the tone of this year's Mardi Gras will be far different from that of previous years.