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Last Updated: Monday February 27 2006 12:44 GMT

New Orleans celebrates Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras parade in the Uptown area of New Orleans
New Orleans has shown signs of recovery six months after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina by going ahead with its 150th Mardi Gras carnival.

The usually extravagant costumes and floats were scaled down though and the celebrations were held over just eight days rather than the normal 12.

It was hoped the celebrations would bring tourists back to the city.

But only 400,000 people compared to the usual one million were estimated to have watched this year's carnival.

The first parade was held on Saturday with the theme "May God Bless New Orleans."

The carnivals will end on Tuesday with 10 different parades throughout the city.

New Orleans after Katrina

Some of the people who live in New Orleans think the carnival shouldn't go ahead this year since the city is still recovering from Hurricane Katrina.

Many areas still can't be lived in as the houses have not been repaired and the streets are lined with rubble. The city is said to be virtually in the same state as it was six months ago minus the flood water.

The hurricane claimed more than 1300 lives and 3000 people are still missing.

Tourists visiting the Mardi Gras are even being offered tours of the flood hit areas.

Hurricane Season




Hurricane Katrina

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