Mardi Gras: Sponsored by Wal-Mart?
- Mardi Gras: Sponsored by Wal-Mart?
Cross-posted from Third Battle of New Orleans
City administration officials announced the eight day
parade plan for Carnival 2006. Although the expanded
parade schedule gives all of us who love Carnival in
New Orleans something to look forward to and plan for,
the city has also asked for corporate sponsorship to
defray the costs of the expanded schedule.
Instead of first asking for volunteers from around the
U.S. to come and help New Orleans for Mardi Gras 2006,
the city immediately turned to the corporate world to
solve our financial problems. Police, fire, garbage
and other service employees from around the U.S. would
have likely volunteered their time and equipment to
come and help New Orleans pull off a full Carnival
season this year, if asked.
Instead we are going to forever alter the character of
Mardi Gras in New Orleans by reaching out to our good
corporate friends. I can't wait for Wal-Mart, Home
Depot, ExxonMobil, CocaCola, AnheuserBush, etc. to get
their hands on Carnival. I am sure the highlights will
be banners on floats such as Bacchus brought to you by
Trojan Condoms! and Tucks sponsored by Tucks!
If you doubt the amount of change that could take
place from corporate sponsorship, just turn on the
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and listen to Al Roker
read off all types of corporate dribble as floats pass
by their reviewing stand. It is pathetic and it could
be our future.
There is still a chance. To our city officials: Admit
you made a mistake by suggesting corporate sponsorship
can solve our problems this Carnival season. To
everyone that loves Carnival in New Orleans: Write,
call, and email people you know in other cities
throughout the U.S. and start spreading the word that
New Orleans needs volunteer police, fire and garbage
workers for Carnival this year. The message we would
truly be sending to all: Our traditions are not for
sale at any price!