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Downtown Mardi GrasNew Carnival Practices in Post-Katrina New Orleans$
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Leslie A. Wade, Robin Roberts, and Frank de Caro

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496823786

Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496823786.001.0001

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Exceptional Performance, Exceptional Place

Exceptional Performance, Exceptional Place

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(p.214) Conclusion Exceptional Performance, Exceptional Place
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Downtown Mardi Gras
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Leslie A. Wade

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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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