U.S. Cities Plan for Bolstered Mardi Gras Crowds After Katrina

1 decade 2 years 5 months ago Wednesday, April 05 2006 Apr 5, 2006 Wednesday, April 05, 2006 1:06:41 PM CDT April 05, 2006 in News
St. Louis officials expect such a swell of visitors that they're beefing up security and adding musical acts for the city's 27th annual Mardi Gras. But planners say it's hard to attract tourists who otherwise might have gone to New Orleans without appearing to capitalize on that city's loss. In St. Louis, they've changed the name of the popular "hurricane" cocktail to Southern Comfort punch out of respect for storm victims. Louisville, Kentucky has an estimated 2,000 displaced Katrina victims living there. That city is putting on a one-of-a-kind celebration because officials say a year without Mardi Gras for its guests would be like a "year without the Kentucky Derby."

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