Everything is happening now.
Dear reader, as you no doubt know, this is a very special holiday for us. A magical time when the entire city participates in a bold experiment of collective ecstasy. A day when wild imagination is not only a given but, in many cases, a competition. In this Olympics of the Great Mystery, I uphold in this document, great revelations from the tongue of the Prophet Daniel. He apparently had to go to the blackboard for this one.
This is a very important lesson.
Yes, Danny Barker hyperbolizes. Nevertheless, he treats the subject matter with the respect due.
Night People. Day People. We need each other.
We need each other in order to survive. This has been going on in this way for a long time. Indeed for much longer than old NOLA's 290 years. While you, in other places, scratch your heads dumbfounded – you must remember this: New Orleans has been stepping out, sticking its neck out, breaking down the doors, on many thresholds, well before any other society in the United States. Guess what? We still be doin' it. Stronger than ever! Hey... we must be doing something right... n'est pas?
Hey na! On this day, like everyday, New Orleanians of all colors, shapes and sizes emphatically pray for the world and its children. In our very own special chaos, we have learned and formed our very own unique practices for the purpose of finding... making... peace within. Carnival is a masquerade – in name, but ultimately the event is about relationships.
How do we be, actually and spiritually, with each other?
We pray for Awareness. We pray for Understanding. We pray for Peace. In closing, I offer you but two blessings from two very different corners of Planet Carnival.
First, from the Indians:
We stand on the ground. We dance all around. We don't bow down!
And, from the Krewe of Comus:
While we live, let us live!
Peace & Pops,
Maison Musique, New Orleans
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pssss.... Nica had a dream.
Oh... and this just in: “The residents of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast who are helping rebuild are heroes who believe in their communities and they are succeeding."
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