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“I always thought we would have Mardi Gras if we had a city.”
“The worst is over. The thought of not doing Mardi Gras would be devastating, both financially and psychologically.”
“I don't think there is any way the citizens would allow signage in the parades.”
“I started making calls a week after Katrina. The captains all said the same thing: you can take away our homes, but you can't take away our Mardi Gras.”
“People seem to want to hug New Orleans right now, and this is one way they can do it. It's almost like a patriotism toward the city.”
“They're wild people. They don't try to be in any way politically correct or socially elite. They have a toilet-seat float, for God's sake. Dignity is not their thing.”
“The event will be practically the same size. If a visitor came and watched the events along the parade route, I'm not sure they would know we even had a hurricane.”
“There's a lot of satire in Mardi Gras. We also take shots at ourselves. We may be down but we're not out.”
“It's like having several Super Bowls without having to bid on them. It helps to define who we are. We are able to throw a party for ourselves and our guests.”
“The fact that we're attempting to do this at all is, I think, history-making. We call ourselves the Big Easy, but we never seem to take the easy way out.”
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