A heck of an idea: Mardi Gras in New York City
Now that we know for sure that the Bush regime has absolutely no idea what to do about New Orleans — except to profit from those po’ folks — it’s time to let others do the brainstorming.
Bush Beat reader Aria Smith, a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology here in Manhattan who has a personal stake in the Hurricane Katrina tragedy, wrote me this morning with a damned good suggestion:
Hi. I was just thinking. We all know that there’s no possible way that New Orleans will have a Mardi Gras next year. I’ve heard people talking about having Mardi Gras in other places, and I think the perfect place would be in the Village.
That way they could raise money for the hurricane victims. True, in February it’s freezing up here so maybe they could do it before then.
I have family in New Orleans. Some have been found and some have not. But I’m just trying to think of a fun way to raise money and any way to help, since Bush doesn’t seem to be doing much. I have no idea who you would talk to to get something like that started. I just thought it would be a good, and fun, idea.
Thanks for writing, Aria. That’s a great idea. All we have to do is make sure we don’t ask for a parade permit. The last time half a million people gathered on the streets of New York City, it was in protest of the Republican National Convention, and the organizers unfortunately went along with the city, the cops, and the federal government and got co-opted. The protesters were penned in and herded around like so many sheep. In fact, they were initially corralled right around where your school is, at Seventh Avenue and 29th. Maybe we’d have better luck if, as you suggest, we focus on having our party a little bit south of there, in the Village.
After seeing what happened last summer at the convention in New York City and this summer at the Convention Center in New Orleans, it’s safe to say that the Bush krewe’s idea of a disaster is civil disobedience.
The regime and its officials in New York City government were well prepared for last summer’s “disorder.” With the cooperation of the mainstream media, government officials managed to tar the protesters as “anarchists.” A “green zone” was even set up around Madison Square Garden, which was turned into a “Republican Palace,” to protect the Bush krewe.
When there’s a real disaster, of course, like Hurricane Katrina, and ordinary Americans need protection, the federal government doesn’t give a shit.
So, I agree. Let’s have Mardi Gras right here in Greenwich Village. But don’t tell the Bush krewe.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 10, 2005