- Posted February 28, 2011 by
New Orleans, Louisiana
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Travel snapshots: Otherworldly landscapes
Getting Ready for Mardi Gras in Crescent City
I visited New Orleans, aka Crescent City, aka The Big Easy, aka City of the Dead, twice so far. First time it was a very long time ago. I had the opportunity to visit this fantastic city yet again, in January of this year. And although Mardi Gras was not even close, the city was getting ready for the celebrations. Beads and masks decorated balconies, doors and streets. Beads were hanging on Bourbon Street... and not only. And flowers and masks were, well, everywhere, too--Bourbon, Decartur and everywhere else--as were the costumes, musicians and performers, and old ladies sitting on empty boxes, beads in hand to offer to those strolling along French Quarter streets.
I find the City of the Dead quite intriguing, my second favorite after NYC. Maybe because I love photographing vampires in and outside their hiding places. Maybe because Crescent City is a place where contrasts, variety and diversity converge, creating the special texture that defines the city so well. We recognize the houses, the balconies, the famous cemeteries. We recognize the darkness, or the dark alleys haunted by the undead creatures of the night (maybe?). And we do recognize the colorful beads and masks, shadowy figures dancing behind foggy windows.
Every single one of these elements, symbols, defines the city, while leaving a significant imprint in our minds and hearts. Reminds us that we should visit, often, to keep fresh, withing our hearts, the spirit of Crescent City.