The Republicans:The Town That Practices Parading

The Town That Practices Parading In New Orleans the good times roll even as the packaging gets slicker and the foreignness fades

It's been customary to write about New Orleans as a foreign city. The tropics are often mentioned, particularly if the writer has had the bad luck to arrive in August: steamy, sensuous, tempting, vaguely dangerous. Some have dwelt on New Orleans' French origins, some on its Latin flair for celebration. It has been described as Mediterranean and Levantine. In 1960, when I first started writing about New Orleans, I told a man I knew there -- a wise man, who had spent his whole life in New Orleans, taking in the show -- that some of the goings-on connected with the...

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