|An Exhibit was running at the Presbytere by |
Jackson Square, this was a garage door
from the post-Katrina disaster. The markings
indicate how many bodies, surivors, etc
were found by the crews.
|Susan Cowsill @ French Quarterfest River Stage|
I am only recently returned from my annual pilgrimage to New Orleans, and it seems that every year when my Better Half and I leave this welcoming haven of the Deep South, we leave those who reside there facing yet another monumental challenge to their very survival. Last April it was British Petroleum’s carelessness and greed that left the fishing industry of the Gulf dealing with another type of flood: the 100,000,000 gallons or more of crude oil that came gushing into their water from a broken well cap deep on the sea floor. This year we are not yet back a month before the swollen Mississippi begins to threaten homes and habitats along its course south to the Delta. Floods, storms, and man-made disasters in apocalyptic proportion rain down on these people as frequently as the change of seasons. They are a people who have been relentlessly assaulted and yet, like Job, they rise again and again to meet these challenges. Every year they greet us with smiles on their faces, despite the odds.
|Mardi Gras Indian|
Selfishly, I give thanks every day that they did survive. They survived Katrina and began promptly rebuilding New Orleans. They survived BP and are still serving the best barbequed shrimp known to man. They survive and they make music. Every day.
|Street Singer at Quarter Fest|
|Mississippi Steam Boats|
still cruise the mighty river
|Street Performers are|
|Pat O'Brien's Courtyard|
|Jazz Trio at Court of Two Sisters|
Coming soon PART TWO - the Food