Last night, two Louisiana-themed parties helped to kick off the 2008 Democratic National Convention. The first event, which was held at the Colorado Convention Center, featured an all-star line-up of Louisiana musicians: the Soul Rebels, Irma Thomas, Marcia Ball, and Terrance Blanchard, among others. We also got to hear Randy Newman perform “Louisiana 1927,” which, of course, became nationally known (once again) during the aftermath of Katrina and Rita.
The event was attended by (guesstimating here) 3,000- 5,000 people and along with the music, it also featured lots of Louisiana food (which I understand was totally exhausted by the end of the night).
Following that party, most of the Louisiana folks made their way over to the Louisiana Jam-Balaya Party at the Philmore Theater. I understand a similar event is planned for next week’s Republican National Convention. Again, the culture, food, and music of Louisiana were celebrated. Security was tight. (Security is tight everwhere). But that didn’t stop people from pouring in. We were all treated to a preview of the musical “Brother Ray,” which is about Ray Charles, as well as an awesome performance by the Wild Tchoupitoulas Mardi Gras Indians.
Ignore the date. I promise this photo was taken yesterday.
Two incredible introductory events that celebrated our Great State in great fashion. And lest you think this was all about a “party,” the message of the two events was very clear: Coastal erosion is a major issue that we can no longer afford to downplay or be complacent about.