New Orleans Puts Mardi Gras Up For Sale

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For the first time in Carnival’s 150-year history, city and krewe leaders will seek corporate sponsors to underwrite the huge cost of staging “the Greatest Free Show on Earth.”

Any acceptable company that steps forward with $2 million to help pay for police overtime, fire protection, and sanitation during next year’s abbreviated eight-day Carnival will be crowned the “official sponsor of Mardi Gras 2006,” the Mayor Ray Nagin’s office said.

In a related story, Nagin has announced that Easter is for sale for $350,000, Christmas is offered at $1 Million and there's a two-for-one special on St. Patrick's Day and Passover.


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