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    Posted February 26, 2014 by
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    Dreamlity. A proposed music festival at Abandoned Six Flags NOLA

    On August 27, 2005, Six Flags closed in preparation for Hurricane Katrina. The park never reopened. The storm surge caused the park to be flooded in over 4 feet of water for well over a month. Due to extensive wind and water damage, Six Flags never planned to reopen. Six Flags is coming up on its 9th year of being abandoned. For almost a decade no proposals for the park have been able to go through. The main reason that is seems to be because of the amount of money it would cost for restoring and recycling of the park, rides and buildings. Recently, a proposal has been getting a lot of noise over social media. Dreamality is a proposal to bring a music festival to the abandoned theme park. Very different from previous proposals such as another theme park, sports complex, etc. The point of Dreamality is to honor the music heritage and New Orleans' resurrection. And what better way to celebrate it than with music at a place where Hurricane Katrina claimed. This would be the first music festival with this type of venue. Music festivals are more popular than the have ever been these days. With thousands and thousands of people coming to these spectacles every year. No other music festival has an unique and innovative venue like this though. It would be the main selling point for the festival. The visionary behind this idea is just a 22 year old from Mississippi named Brandon Blevins. Last November he visited the Six Flags site not only since its abandonment since Katrina, but also the first time since he was in 7th grade. Shocked at what the park had become, he couldn't believe how the site could just be abandoned. He had enjoyed so many wonderful childhood memories at this park and the fact nothing had been done to the park got to him a little bit. While he was there and noticed how big the site was and also all the land around the park he thought it would've been cool if there would to be a music festival here. He didn't really give it much thought at first. He spent a lot of time researching about the park and why no one has been able to bring the park back. It wasn't until an article came out in January that said the Industrial Development Board for New Orleans were going to start taking proposals for the abandoned site. Just seeing what the reaction would be, he tweeted on his personal twitter "Who would come to a music festival at abandoned Six Flags New Orleans?" The tweet got over 300 retweets and over 150 favorites in just 2 hours. Seeing the feedback he had received, he knew he had something that a lot of people liked. He made a twitter account for the proposed festival and it has gotten over 1500 followers. In just one month. With those followers being from 40 different states in the US and followers from 32 different countries. Almost half the followers are from New Orleans, which means the hometown would definitely support this. It has received support from Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris, NOLA native rapper Curren$y, and director of Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters Thor Frudenthal. Even the representive for Louisiana Cedric Richmond approves of this proposal. There is no doubt that this proposal would get enough support to prove that people would come to this. No other proposal has seen support like this one has. To Brandon, Dreamality isn't just a music festival. Its a official celebration for the city of New Orleans and the people Katrina has effected. Its a way for the park to not be replaced by something insignificant. The site wouldn't just have to be used for this festival. That's the point of Dreamality to keep the park there for other reasons. It is one of the top urban explorations in the whole country. Movies such as Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Killer Joe, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes have been shot there. And in June 2014, the much anticipated movie Jurassic Park 4 makes it return and will be shot at the abandoned park. The music festival could give people a new way to look at the way we experience music and the festival experience. the city of New Orleans is sitting on gold and they don't even know it. The park has seen more attention than it had before Katrina. This park has a lot of meaning to people in New Orleans and to anyone else who has shared memories at this park.
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