Erin Trieb

Editorial: Nola I Katrina's Mardi Gras

Hurricane Katrina was one the worst recorded disaster to ever hit North America, its flood devastation wreaking havoc on Louisiana’s beloved city, New Orleans. The Lower Ninth Ward, an area surrounded by the levies that released the floodwaters, bore the brunt of the storm’s impact. Six months after Katrina as the city rekindled with Mardi Gras celebrations, the Ninth Ward remains neglected by the City of New Orleans. Flashy costumes and colored beads adorn the French Quarter’s avenues, while the Lower Ninth is haunted with ghostly figures of dilapidation and water lines that still mark sunken houses.