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It may be Super Tuesday elsewhere, but in New Orleans, it's Fat Tuesday — Mardi Gras — the third since Hurricane Katrina. And with 12 days of parades and parties, the city is almost as festive as before the storm.

By 8 a.m. Tuesday, hundreds of people were gathering at the corner of Claiborne and Jackson for the start of the Zulu parade.

Larry Roy, resplendent in face paint, red satin coat and headdress, is the Zulu Krewe's Minister of Fun.

And as for any lingering effects of Hurricane Katrina, he said things have gotten better.

Roundtable: Edwards' Bid, Nagin's Complaint

Dec 29, 2006

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On today's Roundtable, John Edwards aims for the presidency again, and the shrinking city of New Orleans.

A Conversation with Mayor Ray Nagin

Aug 29, 2006

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Nagin Blamed for Crescent City's Rising Crime

Jul 25, 2006

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Nearly a year after Hurricane Katrina, the city of New Orleans is slowly returning to its old self, at least in one regard.

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New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin won reelection over the weekend. Now he's planning to meet with key advisors to develop a 100-day plan. That 100 days will include the start of another hurricane season.

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It's the kind of thing that makes you wonder if we political types focus on the wrong thing.

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, in a tight runoff race with the state's current lieutenant governor to keep his post, vowed the city will be ready for the coming hurricane season and rebuffed claims in a recently published book that he was an ineffective leader as the storm ravaged the city last August.

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and other officials lay out new evacuation plans for the city, nearly nine months after it was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. With the revamped strategy focused on helping those without transportation leave, Nagin reassured residents that looting would be prevented.

Nagin, who faces a runoff election for his post on May 20, says the detailed plan for a total evacuation in the event of a huge storm was worked out over several months, with the help of the federal government. The plan would use buses and trains to get people out of the city.

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