Sunday, February 19, 2006

Take Me to the Mardi Gras

This article from the New Orleans Times-Picayune about the first post-Katrina Carnival actually brought tears to my eyes.

Now, I know there are people who question the propriety of having a Mardi Gras celebration after so much death and destruction, with the city still in so much pain.

Screw those people.

This quote about New Orleans resident Louise Maloney sums it up best:

When the parade season launched last weekend, with the bawdy, biting satire of Krewe du Vieux, Maloney wept as she watched the parade move past throngs of locals.

"This is what we do," she thought to herself. "We take tragedy and make it into beauty and hilarity. And we're also showing pride in being New Orleanians and expressing ourselves like never before."

People's ability to stand up, laugh defiance in the Reaper's face, and spit in his eye is one of the things that makes me proud to be human.

Laissez les bontemps roulez.

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