Yes, Beth informs me (via the flyers) that Krewe du Vieux is going to face organized protesters for, I think, the first time since I’ve been either watching or marching (~1992).
Now, anyone who knows me knows that I hate confrontation, and ordinarily this stuff would have me slightly shaken, if not quite to the point of putting a hold on my costume preparation. But right now I’m just curious to know how it goes over. Yeah, NO is a Catholic kinda place, but it also knows the place for satire and good humor. Even when it might make fun of some–literally–sacred stuff.
I believe that one reason Mardi Gras works here and not in other places who’ve tried to do it is that the “authorities” let the little stuff go and try to keep anything bad from happening (if only they did that the rest of the time we’d probably be ok). So yeah, I’m sure that our float that year “Turning Wad into Wine” was offensive to some people, they got over it, and we weren’t trying to belittle anyone. Now the cartpetbagger protesters are coming to right that wrong.
But one thing that often bothers me about our city is that we don’t always take to folks “not from around here” telling us what’s what.
The other thing these protesters need to know is that Krewe du Vieux was a big damn shot in the arm last year as the first big celebration since the storm, and I don’t think even they would have been offended by “C’est Levee” or our float “Spermes Ejaculates the City”… well, maybe a little, but it’s not like we were making fun of G-d or anything.