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article imageDon't Be a Menace to South Central When Celebrating Fat Tuesday in the Hood

By Samantha A. Torrence     Feb 5, 2008 in Lifestyle
Despite rising crime rates in New Orleans, Mardi Gras festivities have seen a greater success than any other year since Hurricane Katrina leveled the city. Tourists can still celebrate a family friendly festival or debauchery in the French Quater.
Tourists flock to the biggest party of the pre- lent season, the Superbowl of sin, the delightful day of debauchery, Fat Tuesday, the Mardi Gras Parade. Most are met with more fun than can be hidden even by a night in Vegas, others are greeted by a harsh reality in New Orleans, crime.
The 12 day celebration has been marred by bouts of gun violence.
WWLTV.COM Reports:
Last Wednesday, a stray bullet shattered a hotel window and struck a tour guide standing inside. He wasn't killed.
Friday night, police said, a man was wounded by gunfire near a parade route that skirts the crime-plagued Central City neighborhood; Saturday night, shortly after the Endymion parade had passed, five people were hit by gunfire downtown.
Although tourists are not the targets they are unwitting bystanders in drug wars and grudge matches that are routinely played out in the still struggling New Orleans area.
Reports in 2006 show a rise in crime despite a decrease in population, a trend that cannot be ignored. However, police say that none should fear during the Mardi Gras season, so let the revelry continue!
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