I remember when a few Mardi Gras banners and flags were about the only decorations one would see. But, that has changed. Now it seems that every year we have more outdoor decorations, and more indoor decorations. In this area Mardi Gras is important, and it is becoming common for people to get into the spirit with home decorations.
After Hurricane Katrina there was a debate over whether or not Mardi Gras should occur. Many people were still rebuilding their homes, and things were not normal. Some thought it to be an insult to those who were depressed. Fortunately, the decision was that a distraction from depressing things was possibly what was really needed, and Mardi Gras went on. Yes, it is that important in this area.
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