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...

February 11, 2007 1:03 PM | | Comments (1)



Of course you went to all of the parades. You wouldn't want to be one of those people who would choose to WORK or GO TO THE MOVIES when there was an important cultural event happening just outside your front door.

Well, you wouldn't, would you?

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