Mardi Gras events begin

Pre-Mardi Gras Events Take Comic Tone
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Weeks before Mardi Gras, New Orleans residents are kicking off the celebration with an upbeat parade — and a bit of satire.

Mardi Gras is Feb. 28, nearly six months after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast. Some private events started Saturday.

A satiric parade in the French Quarter will take aim at Hurricane Katrina and politicians blamed for chaotic relief efforts. This year’s theme is “C’est Levee” — a pun on the French phrase “C’est la vie,” meaning “that’s life.”

Parade props will feature fake levees and effigies of Louisiana’s governor and New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin. Other displays ask France to buy Louisiana back. This year’s parade route is called a “projected path,” and maps are adorned with a swirly hurricane symbol.


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