Mardi Gras 2007: Anecdotal evidence
*Average crowd density along St. Charles Ave. Neutral Ground during parades: 2.5 people
*Police officer to civilian ratio (eyeball estimate): 1.5 to 1
*Number of times I heard the word "gunshot" or "killings" or "shooting" spoken: Once per block.
*Number of times a crowd startled and screamed because a balloon or firecracker popped: once per parade.
*Number of meter maids sneaking around the backstreets to issue parking tickets on cars parked in illegal-but-never-before-this-year-enforced parking spaces: 5
*Number of bands per parade (on average): 3
*Percentage of them wearing apparently brand new uniforms: 100
*Number of times I said I wasn't going to see the parades and then did: Every single time, just like always...
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