2006 Mardi Gras
The 2006 Mardi Gras celebration was a great way for the people of New Orleans to send the message to the rest of the world that they were not going to let hard times get them down. Though some individuals thought that the 2006 Mardi Gras celebration should have been cancelled, many more felt that celebrating was an important part of moving past the devastation caused by hurricane Katrina.
Attendance was down compared with past Mardi Gras celebrations but the 2006 Mardi Gras had a wonderful turn out considering all that happened this last year. In addition to the lower attendance, this year’s celebration was shortened from the usual 12 days to only 8 days. However, it was still plenty of time for visitors and locals to have fun.
Among the top guests at the 2006 Mardi Gras celebrations was Britney Spears. Britney Spears is originally from the state of Louisiana and the affects of hurricane Katrina hit close to home with her. As a way to give back to her hometown area, Britney decided to take some local girls for a shopping spree on her.
Britney Spears wasn’t the only celebrity present at the 2006 Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Other celebrities such as Dan Akroyd, Jim Belushi, and Anderson Cooper, were also present. Anderson Cooper did a very thorough and heart wrenching coverage of the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. He didn’t just cover it, but he submersed himself in the aftermath trying to lend a hand wherever it was needed.
The grand marshall of the Mardi Gras parade is usually a celebrity. This year the celebrity grand marshall was Michael Keaton. In addition to the celebrities who visited Mardi Gras and the celebrity grand Marshall, many celebrities made public appeals for people all over the United States to support the 2006 Mardi Gras in the wake of hurricane Katrina. It seems as if everyone was trying to do their part to make 2006 the best Mardi Gras it could be.