Mardi Gras Floats Damaged
Finally I found some information on Blaine Kern's Warehouse. This is where the bulk of the Mardi Gras floats in New Orleans are built. It is in Algiers which was not flooded and recieved little damage. That means with some repairs needed the floats are ready to go it the city is in February.
The pictures and info here come from NBC 17. If you click on the title you can see video as well.
Mardi Gras Floats Damaged During Hurricane Katrina
Warehouse Worker: 'Everything Is Replaceable'
POSTED: 9:21 am EDT September 6, 2005
UPDATED: 10:20 am EDT September 6, 2005
NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Homes, businesses and restaurants were not the only things damaged from the wrath of Hurricane Katrina -- several Mardi Gras floats were nearly ruined, as well.
The colorful floats were kept inside the Blaine Kern Warehouse, but high winds and heavy rain damaged the pieces.
Lynn Petre has been guarding the floats since Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf region last week.
Petre said the annual party is important to the city.
"This is Mardi Gras. This is New Orleans," Petre said.
Although the floats are damaged, they are not destroyed.
"Everything is replaceable, but it's going to take time," Petre said.
The Blaine Kern Warehouse ran daily tours of the floats before the hurricane.
The city of New Orleans hosts Mardi Gras, or "Fat Tuesday," every year in February.
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