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Mayor Ray Nagin cuts the Ribbon

Mayor Ray Nagin cuts the Ribbon

Having run out of the free American Spirits from the Voodoo Fest, I needed a distraction. I decided to check out the ribbon cutting ceremony of Prospect.1 New Orleans at the Mint.

If you haven’t heard, Prospect.1 is “the largest biennial of international contemporary art ever organized in the United States,” and it is happening over the next three months throughout the city. All of the venues are free and open to the public (to which there is free transport), but you can read all about it on their website here instead of me reinventing the wheel.

The ribbon cutting ceremony and speeches were interesting. The mayor, of course, was there. He is charming and good looking, and this could not have hurt his political career at all. This is the third event I’ve been to in as many weeks where I’ve been close enough to the mayor to rub elbows. It’s weird and would never happen to me in London. It reminds me of how small this city really is. Also in attendance and speaking were: New Orleans City Council President Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson, District B Representative Stacy S. Head and District C Representative JJ Carter. I have to admit that I don’t know anything about local politics, but I intend to start my research now. In my day as a student in Louisiana public schools, we were taught a lot of Louisiana history. But we were taught nothing about Louisiana government, which, as you know, is different from the rest of the country.

After the ribbon cutting, the Rebirth Brass Band began to play accompanied by the New Orleans Ladies Buckjumpers and we paraded to the New Orleans African American Museum where Whole Foods had put on a pasta spread. Yay! More free food.

Some video below, but warning: this was taken with a very skittish N73 mobile phone and I tripped at the end.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T687Ffp9XuQ[/youtube]

Yeah, this reminds me: I really need an iPhone and free phone service. Anybody? Anybody? I can make it worth your while.

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