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Mardi Gras Parades Begin

By Remy Benoit

It is cold here, although no snow like up north coming through. Post-Katrina life is still hard; there is still debris lining streets; houses coming down, hearts aching. But the TV stations here run ads about how we feel about Louisiana and the bottom line there is "WE ARE LOUISIANA."

There is a good message in that. Whatever your pain is, whatever the hurt, face it head on, get help if you need it, but remain true to who you really are.

In New Orleans yesterday, despite the tragic state of the city, they held to the old idea of Laissez les bon temps rouler! Let the good times roll. This day of the parades let loose emotions, made statements in the floats, but carried on.

From the AP and CNN Big Easy ushers in Mardi Gras jawing
Parade floats take swipes at Hurricane Katrina, politicians.


From Ode Magazine and Jay Walljasper New Orleans state of mind: America needs the Crescent City right now, just as much as it needs America.

From The Washington Post, Spencer S. Hsu and MSNBC Katrina report spreads blame Homeland security, Chertoff singled out by House investigators.

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