Flaherty writes: In
New Orleans’ Central Business District, a prominent billboard
advertising Southern Comfort liquor proclaims “Nothing Stops Mardi
Gras. Nothing.” The festive ad haunts me, seeming callous and
cruel, "you've faced a huge loss, and now we want to use your
city and cultural traditions to sell a lot of alcohol."
Citywide, Mardi Gras is everywhere, but not without controversy. Many are angry at the idea of a huge party taking place while bodies are still being recovered in Ninth Ward houses, And in diaspora communities such as Atlanta, there is a lot of anger at the idea of a huge party going one while they are kept out. A past leader of the Zulu Mardi Gras Krewe even sued his organization (unsuccessfully) to stop them from parading this year.