Saturday, February 17, 2007

The Elements of Carnival In New Orleans Part I

We are now nearing the end of Carnival season and, in between the celebration and inebriation, I've been working on a series of posts for all of you poor souls who have the distinct disadvantage of being some place else than here right now. That's right, while all of you non-southerners engage in whatever it is Yankees do to stave off ennui, us Yats are enjoying "The Greatest Free Show On Earth".

Okay, now that I've finished rubbing it in, I'm going to tell you what this series is all about. For the past year and a half, the only time I've heard people outside the state talk about my city was when they were discussing Hurricane Katrina. However, the majority of New Orleanians are still waiting for the government to provide the assistance that has been promised and allocated for this area. Now we all know the way things work in this country: No matter what's supposed to happen, nothing is going to happen unless we give people a reason to care about us. That's why we need to celebrate and promote Carnival now more than ever before. People need to see that our spirits and our traditions were not washed away in the floods.


And you know what? We are worth saving! The amalgamation of ethnicities, religions, and traditions that we have here can not be found anywhere else in this country and perhaps even the world. Over the years, it has inspired numerous playwrights, novelists, painters, and singers to immortalize their experiences here. Our port is vital to this nation's ability to import and export goods from South America (We are the largest importer of coffee beans in the nation). It's bayous and swamps are teeming with species that are on the brink of extinction everywhere else in the United States. In other words,

We are NOT the sinking pile of debris that the media depicts us as!

With this series, I'm going to explain more about what IS going on in New Orleans right now. My hope is that once you've read a little bit about the rich history behind our most popular attractions, maybe you'll want to learn more about New Orleans and perhaps one day you'll even want to come down and see it for yourself. My sofa-bed is nice and comfy and I can be the best free tour guide that a friend could ask for.

1 comment:

Kay Olson said...

Bring it on Bint! This Minnesota Yankee has always always wanted to visit New Orleans, and I want to hear all you've got to say on the topic.