We took Ambassador Ahmed down to Bourbon Street for a glance at the festivities during Mardi Gras. It was interesting to see his response. I had been to New Orleans for Mardi Gras before, as an observer/participant (more of an observer) so I knew what to expect but some of the others were kind of shocked. It is a lot to handle, seeing it for the first time.
We had fun just watching people and seeing the diversity on the street. Ambassador Ahmed didn’t know what the celebration was so we had to try to explain it to him, and it’s difficult. The flashing, beads, binge drinking until people pass out slumped against walls–how do you explain this to an outsider? We tried, as you’ll see in the video.
Later, we went to The Spotted Cat, a nice Jazz club a short ride away from Bourbon Street and met Kid Merve who was celebrating his birthday in style. We watched some Jazz and spent the rest of the evening with the local crowd, getting a different taste of New Orleans. See the video for some good Jazz and and a different take on Bourbon Street.