I didn't mean to leave Linda holding the bag like that.
For the record though, I have nothing but admiration for the city of New Orleans as the job that they do as they balance crowd control and protest is simply remarkable, if not downright commendable.
But I'd be remiss if I didn't point out that Southern Decadence (a secondary celebration from Mardi Gras, specifically touted to celebrate the gay and lesbian lifestyle) has of recent years been targeted by several Christian protest groups, one of which seems to be profiting from the resulting publicity quite nicely I might add.
Sadly, last year, the resulting hostile confrontation came to a violent head, as a tourist was shot by a member of this particularly vocal group after being mistaken for one of the gay participants.
I'm quite certain, Denise that you don't condone such acts as civil disobedience, no more than any sane person would condone the bombing of a women's clinic in order to protest abortion.
However, New Orleans rather infamous cry of "Show us your um, wits" is not only tolerated, but has become a source of amusement throughout the world.
Whereas, the harassment of homosexuals (like Linda I have only the stories related to me by my homosexual friends to back that up) is also legendary.
But for the most part, I think New Orleans does a fine job of tolerance and impartiality, as evidenced by our very large and robustly visible gay community. (er...yeah, sometimes very visable, but last I heard, it's okay for men to show their wits.)
What amazes me though, is that in order to be offended by the activities, one would have to attend.
I'm proud to say there is a Christian protest group that proudly marches through the streets of the French Quarter every Fat Tuesday, carrying a cross, ministering and spreading the gospel. They have done this without fail for the past twenty years at least.
Ironically, they have become a part of the spectacle that they are protesting.
Peace to all.
And btw? Should any of you be planning to visit our decadent city this upcoming Carnival season, you CAN and might very well be arrested for public nudity, should you try to, um, bargain for your beads. (Just buy 'em folks, there's only one place in New Orleans where the food is bad, and that's central lock up.)
Although statistically, most arrests for nudity are due to public urination.
(Ain't no place to pee on Mardi Gras Day.)
and now, gee, after this description, who could pass up a party like that?