Tuesday, February 07, 2006

There goes Mardi Gras

Does no one object to the commercialization of Mardi Gras?

Isn't this a public event? Doesn't the city already make enough money on increased sales tax revenues to pay for emergency and cleanup services? If not, why not charge an additional tax on hotels to pay for those services?

Aren't these questions the Times-Picayune should have asked?

3 Comments:

At 2/08/2006 01:09:00 AM, Anonymous ashley said...

I think that everybody is saying, OK, you get a pass this year.

If they try to do this commercialization stuff next year, I don't think it will fly.

Although, oddly enough, my 1967 Saints doubloon has a Falstaff logo on it.

 
At 2/08/2006 06:19:00 AM, Anonymous Lenny Zimmermann said...

I can't say that I bothers me all that much, either. Yeah the city should be making money off of Mardi Gras, but they don't make that money until AFTER Mardi Gras. There problem is the expenses they city pays up-front before and during Carnival. The Krewes are still under law not to get corporate sponsorship (or at least not to have any corporate logos and such on the floats) and for most of us that would be the most bothersome thing to see.

I agree with Ashley that we're must likely looking at a one-year thing, hopefully.

Normally the biggest issue I would have would be that if the city recieves revenue directly from a corporation that the city government might then feel an obligation to provide special treatment to that corporation. THAT is where I would be most concerned, but we may as well let it fly for just this year, IMHO.

 
At 2/08/2006 07:12:00 AM, Blogger Mr. Clio said...

"OK, you get a pass this year" is my take too.

But we'll be watching.

 

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