New Orleans -
One man is critically injured and undergoing surgery, while another man and two women are suffering from non life-threatening wounds after a shooting on crowded Bourbon Street on Saturday night.
New Orleans -
“Throw me something, mister!” yells the crowd as hands reach up for throws of beads during Mardi Gras parades. But this year, after 8pm on Bourbon street, that same cry will yield throws of another kind: Handcuffs.
Three business friends met in November of 1979 and hatched up the idea of planning a Mardi Gras on the island. The first Mardi Gras was in mid-February 1980. It is a time of excitement for the locals as well as the tourists.
Party-goers, young and old alike, on Saturday lined and poured onto main street of this small Texas hill country town that bills itself as the Cowboy Capital of the World, tipping their hats to the wild and colorful Mardi Gras parade.
Fat Tuesday is today, and the crowds are thin. The floats were out, but the shops were quiet. The economic downturn has brought a pall over the magic of believing as Mardi Gras promotes. So things aren’t easy for the Big Easy.
It was Mardi Gras weekend this past few days, and even though the Oscars were out, the attention in the town of Natchitoches was on the parades and parties. No one cares about recessions or Hollywood in Louisiana when magic is in the air.
New Orleans is identified with Mardi Gras in the United States. It looks forward to crowds this weekend. In the meantime, other towns in Louisiana are gearing up for their own parades and parties and hoping to turn recession woes to wonderful news