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Exceptional Performance, Exceptional Place

Exceptional Performance, Exceptional Place

Chapter:
(p.214) Conclusion Exceptional Performance, Exceptional Place
Source:
Downtown Mardi Gras
Author(s):
Leslie A. Wade
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496823786.003.0008

This chapter assesses New Orleans’ situation in 2018. One can see Downtown Mardi Gras as a vast piece of egalitarian street theatre, whose process may witness ego-rivalries and identity contestations, but whose final performance achieves something greater than the sum of its parts—the physical manifestation of an aspirant desire, for a reanimated city, of tolerance, equity, and mutual respect. Downtown Mardi Gras may portend a new future for Carnival practices, the opening of the door to further, yet-to-be-realized ludic expressions and energies; it may also point to new civic constellations, themselves yet unmaterialized, that could help elevate actual lives, spreading more widely the benefits of post-Katrina recovery.

Keywords:   Exceptionalism, Urban revival, Carnival, Downtown, Uptown

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