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Mardi Gras brings joy – but also worry over violent crime

Mardi Gras celebration underpinned this year by violent crime concerns and political turmoil. Thousands of revellers gathered in the French Quarter and lined miles of parade routes on Tuesday as New Orleans’ annual Carnival season reached its jubilant peak. This year’s Mardi Gras celebration was tempered this year by concerns about violent crime and political unrest.

In some areas of the city, celebrations started early in the morning. In order to get people ready for Mardi Gras, members of The North Side Skull and Bones gang spread out throughout the Treme neighbourhood in skeleton costumes. Parade watchers had already staked out locations along the St. Charles Avenue parade route as the sun began to rise, peeking through gaps in the cloudy sky. Smells of barbecue filled the Central Business District.

Sunday night during a parade, gunfire broke out, killing one teen and injuring four others, including a 4-year-old girl. Mansour Mbodj, 21, was quickly detained by police for illegally carrying a weapon, and the charge was later increased to second-degree murder. On Monday, officials emphasised that the shooting was an isolated incident.

Roz Walker, 55, said, “It’s discouraging, but it won’t stop me from coming. She and her pal Tracy Dunbar, both residents of Baton Rouge, were in the crowd watching the Zulu Social Aid and Pleasure Club and the Rex Organization parades. On Mardi Gras, they have been coming to New Orleans for years.

We’ve been coming to Mardi Gras for more than 40 years, and we’ve never been in any kind of situation at all, she claimed.

Houston resident Ken Traylor, who was taking part in his first Mardi Gras, was aware of the shooting but chose to ignore it. He merely suggested that people exercise caution when in their surroundings. Nowadays, events take place everywhere.

She easily won reelection in 2021.

since dealt with a variety of political issues, such as criticism regarding crime, the slow progress of significant street repairs, and inquiries regarding her personal use of a city-owned French Quarter apartment.

Eileen Carter, one of the organisers, said she thinks the movement has amassed enough signatures but will make a final push. Carter announced that “we’ll have people canvassing the parade routes.” That has been very beneficial to us.

An online video of Cantrell gesturing with her middle finger as a parade passed by a city reviewing stand over the weekend added fuel to the political turbulence. Uncertainty surrounded the gesture’s origin.

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