I think ultimately this is a post about my frustrations with the media, but we shall see how it comes out.
Is it just me, or has the media's spin on New Orleans and Mardi Gras taken a serious turn this year, post-Katrina? It seems like last year at this time the news was all about how Mardi Gras had become this sordid thing that had gotten out of control of local officials. Now this year it is being heralded as this great tradition that a city is clinging to in order to keep its heritage.
I went to college in a state that was inundated with Spring Breakers. The folks who wanted to party even harder than that went to Mardi Gras. That was over ten years ago and even then they came back with scary tales and warnings to stick to about a 3 block radius in the French Quarter if you didn't want to risk serious bodily harm.
I cannot find evidence of it now, but I seem to remember there was a lot of media spin last year on how spring breaks have gotten out of control and the one they would lift up the most was New Orleans' own Mardi Gras.
So tell me, am I wrong about the reputation of New Orleans and Mardi Gras pre-Katrina? Am I just being a prude?
Or maybe Mardi Gras has finally been returned to the ones who treasured it the most, the people who live(d) there.