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Downtown Mardi Gras: New Carnival Practices in Post-Katrina New Orleans

Leslie A. Wade, Robin Roberts, and Frank de Caro


After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the surrounding region in 2005, the city debated whether to press on with Mardi Gras or cancel the parades. Ultimately, they decided to proceed. New Orleans’s recovery certainly has resulted from a complex of factors, but the city’s unique cultural life—perhaps its greatest capital—has been instrumental in bringing the city back from the brink of extinction. Voicing a civic fervor, local writer Chris Rose spoke for the importance of Carnival when he argued to carry on with the celebration of Mardi Gras following Katrina: “We are still New Orle ... More

Keywords: Carnival, Mardi Gras, New Orleans, Performance, gender

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781496823786
Published to University Press of Mississippi: January 2020 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496823786.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leslie A. Wade, author
University of Arkansas

Robin Roberts, author
University of Arkansas

Frank de Caro, author
Louisiana State University