Thursday, February 16, 2006

Carnival season kicks off in New Orleans

Carnival season got off to a raucous and politicized start Feb. 11 with the Krewe du Vieux parade through the Faubourg Marigny and French Quarter neighborhoods.

More than half of the 100-plus contingents took pot shots -- ranging from biting to lewd -- at city, state and federal officials and agencies for their perceived mishandling of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. The campy, gay-inclusive parade was the first of 59 Carnival parades that will take place in metro New Orleans this year -- fewer than usual. The season ends with Mardi Gras on Feb. 28.