NOLA Rising - Mardi Gras 2006





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Uploaded on Mar 7, 2011

HAPPY MARDI GRAS 2011, New Orleans ("NOLA") and rest of the world!!

"NOLA RISING: Mardi Gras 2006" is a film about the first Mardi Gras after Hurricane Katrina, just some 5 months afterwards!  And here it is, presented in time for the 5-Year anniversary of that Mardi Gras :-))

FLASHBACK (2005-2006):  In the immediate months right after the hurricanes, much of the national media was reporting and commenting that NOLA was too devastated for people to stick around or return, and to rebuild - "certainly there'd be hardly any kind of Mardi Gras 2006" - THEY were saying.  I couldn't believe that.  I was familiar enough with the NOLA vibe and environment to think that those who had made it back into NOLA (or had never left) were definitely going to come out and celebrate life - joyfully - in spite of the disaster and the governments' betrayal of them - no matter what the media was telling the rest of the world, with or without outsider/tourist support. My thoughts were "this might be the best Mardi Gras ever!"

So - I grabbed my 10-year old video camera (on it's last legs at the time), and headed out there to see for myself, and to time capsule a bit of history.  Sure enough, I heard plenty of people in NOLA agree with me - Best Mardi Gras ever.

I hope you enjoy this portrait of a great city and it's amazing people, as much as I enjoyed getting to see it.

SOUND CHECK:  Please tell me what areas are hard to hear what people say, and I'll add subtitles/captions - because it's all important sound bites!

Big thanks to Kellee Hiatt for a great editing job on this project!

PICTURES:  Here's a few snapshots I took along the way, too:  http://www.tc3imagery.com/neworleansm...

http://rhinocrafts.com/artists/natali... - our very gracious 9th Ward M.B. hostess, and jewelry designer extraordinaire
http://www.genericartsolutions.com/Si... - 9th Ward M.B. members and area artists
http://www.quintronandmisspussycat.com/ - 9th Ward M.B. ringleaders

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