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You all are a pretty resourceful bunch – I’m sure you’ve checked out the various agencies to which you can donate to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Now that the rescue efforts are underway, and maybe even nearing completion, I ask you to look to the future. Invest in the idea that New Orleans will get back on its feet: make plans to come for Mardi Gras.

This may seem like a really strange request – people have died, the city is in disarray. But Mardi Gras is an integral part of what makes New Orleans New Orleans. It’s the biggest party you can experience and all you need to get in is a plane ticket and a place to sleep. Some of you, who’ve never experienced it, may think it’s all about getting drunk and getting naked. For some, that’s true. But, as someone who’s never drunk a drop of alcohol and never exposed herself in public, I can honestly say that I love Mardi Gras. It’s a day when thousands come together to celebrate the energy and vibrancy of life, in a way that only New Orleans can provide.

And now that Blaine Kern has said that there will be a Mardi Gras celebration and that he’ll do everything he can to ensure that, I feel confident that I’m inviting you to a party that will happen. So, clear your calendar for February 28, 2006 and the weekend before. Not willing to trust me and Blaine? Aim for February 20, 2007.

People I’d give gold stars to this week – multiple and huge gold stars:
Blaine Kern
Harry Connick, Jr.
Mayor Ray Nagin
Lt. Gen. Russel Honore

Thanks for believing!

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