On Tuesday I wrote “10 Reasons You Should Take Your Kids to Mardi Gras” and was thrilled that my list resonated with so many of you. Reading the comments from others has been my favorite part – it’s wonderful that so many people relate. But after reading the story about Emily Mueller I felt compelled to add a bonus #11 to my list:
11). Because New Orleans Made It Right
Many of you are probably familiar with the story of Emily Mueller, an 11-year old girl from the north shore who’s Mardi Gras was ruined by one drunk man’s horrible comments. Her mom wrote about it on her blog (you can read her words here). When I first read this story I felt sick. While our family’s Mardi Gras experience was happy and positive, Emily’s was the exact opposite. #8 on my list is “Because Every Kid Should Feel Special,” but unfortunately Emily left the Muses parade that Thursday night feeling anything but. Terrible. And if the story ended there, it would be heartbreaking.
But of course, this is New Orleans — and the residents weren’t about to let things end on such a negative note. Instead, they pulled together to give Emily a truly amazing, personalized experience (if you haven’t read the story click here). The way Muses, 610 Stompers and many, many others pulled together to make things right for one little girls is truly moving. People donated their time and resources to make sure Emily got that special feeling every kid deserves. Thanks to their actions Emily now has positive, magical memories of Mardi Gras.
To me, this story accurately highlights the true spirit of Carnival. Unfortunately, the sad truth is there are a few bad eggs everywhere. You can’t escape ‘em. But the way the city came together to make things right for one little girl speaks volumes about the true meaning of Mardi Gras. New Orleans won’t tolerate that kind of crap. And that makes me proud.