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When Hurricane Katrina hit and now that Rita has, you feel sorrow, and you still pack care packages for the survivors. You're even thinking of mothballing that domino or gold, green and purple costume.
Don't worry about appearing insensitive because you want to wear a Mardi Gras mask and have a good time. New Orleans is hoping that you'll come to Mardi Gras in 2006, feather masks and Mardi Gras costumes in tow. The $1 million in revenue the celebration attracts will be welcome as rebuilding funds for a devastated city, and the tourist trade as well as the gaiety are expected to revive New Orleans afte the catastrophe.
While the Emmys may have been toned down (read: dull) in the wake of Katrina and Rita, don't hesitate to put on your handmade Colombina Plume Festa Mardi Gras Mask and Jester Panne costume or full-skirted ruffled ball gown. The stars certainly didn't check their Versace gowns at the door!
Make sure your feather masks gleam, and if you must wear black, don't do it in mourning. Leave your tragedy carnival masks at home. An armband or pin in remembrance of the survivors is enough. The best you can do for the people of New Orleans after the waters recede is to visit the city and have a good time.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|