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January 2, 2006

New Orleans Celebrates 2006

Written by
cindy mcleod

New Hope, New Beginning, New Year

As 2006 begins, we are inspired by the example set by the City of New Orleans last night in Jackson Square. The City celebrated New Year’s with a toast goodbye to a year it will never forget, and a view to the future with hope and determination.

The fact that thousands of jublilant partygoers came out to celebrate the kickoff to 2006 makes a powerful statement about faith, living proof that even the most devastating of events can be overcome.

“They said this wasn’t gonna happen,” New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin shouted to a cheering New Year’s Eve throng at a concert outside Jackson Square. “They said New Orleans was dead. But we proved them wrong. New Orleans is alive and well.”

The celebration’s countdown was accompanied by a replica of a gumbo pot decorated with New Orleans symbols, including a bottle of hot sauce and a French Quarter street sign, sliding down a 25-foot (8-meter) pole atop Jackson Brewery. Arlo Guthrie performed earlier in the evening, wrapping up a fund-raising tour that has raised more than $100,000 for New Orleans musicians affected by the storm.

To you, New Orleans, our beloved birthplace of jazz, we tip our hat. We wish you a long and healthy future ahead, and we thank you for shining a light in our hearts. Happy New Year!

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